Sally A. Jolles

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IMPORTANCE Although bariatric surgery is the most cost-effective treatment for severe obesity, less than 1% of severely obese patients undergo it. Reasons for this low use are unclear. OBJECTIVES To identify patient and referring practitioner characteristics associated with the likelihood of undergoing bariatric surgery. EVIDENCE REVIEW The PubMed,(More)
BACKGROUND Identifying severely obese patients who will succeed after bariatric surgery remains challenging. Although numerous studies have attempted to identify preoperative patient characteristics associated with weight loss, the roles of many dietary and psychological characteristics are unclear. The purpose of this study was to examine preoperative(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) has replaced laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) as the most commonly performed bariatric surgical procedure in the US for more than the past several years. Identifying which patients will achieve optimal outcomes remains challenging. We compared 90-d and 1-y outcomes between LSG and LRYGB(More)
BACKGROUND In 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA) passed a resolution characterizing obesity as a disease. It is unclear whether primary care physicians (PCPs) agree with this characterization and how their agreement or lack thereof affects their treatment of patients with obesity. OBJECTIVES We sought to understand PCP opinions about the AMA(More)
BACKGROUND Less than 1% of severely obese US adults undergo bariatric surgery annually. It is critical to understand the factors that contribute to its utilization. OBJECTIVES To understand how primary care physicians (PCPs) make decisions regarding severe obesity treatment and bariatric surgery referral. SETTING Focus groups with PCPs practicing in(More)
Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair has been shown to have significant benefits when compared to open inguinal hernia repair, yet remains underutilized in the United States. The traditional model of short, hands-on, cognitive courses to enhance the adoption of new techniques fails to lead to significant levels of practice implementation for most surgeons.(More)
Objectives: After reading the featured articles published in this issue of Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD) participants in the SOARD CME program should be able to demonstrate increased understanding of the material specific to the article featured and be able to apply relevant information to clinical practice. Objectives are stated at the(More)
BACKGROUND Understanding what proportion of the eligible population is undergoing bariatric surgery at the state level provides critical insight into characterizing bariatric surgery access. We sought to describe statewide trends in severe obesity demographics and report bariatric surgery volume in Wisconsin from 2011 to 2014. METHODS Self-reported data(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic antireflux surgery (LARS) is the gold standard treatment for refractory gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Traditional surgical outcomes following LARS are well described, but limited data exist regarding patient-reported outcomes. We aimed to identify preoperative characteristics that were independently associated with a high(More)
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