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October 10, 2014 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

What is the Ethicon Bariatric Surgery Comparison Tool?

By Chelsea More Blogs by This Author

There are many weight loss surgeries available, and narrowing down the best choice for you (if any) is a decision that should be based on plentiful research and in conjunction with a reputable specialist. One of the biggest factors many patients consider is the possible result and how it can vary from person to person. When it comes to bariatric surgery, thousands of people have undergone the procedure, which is a great foundation for your own bariatric comparison.

The Ethicon Bariatric Surgery Comparison Tool is based on the findings of over 58,000 bariatric patients in America. It’s user friendly, letting patients discover different bariatric options and see likely results based on other patients with similar characteristics who have undergone a procedure. It’s obesity education at its finest, and it only takes a few minutes to get started.

You can filter results by type of procedure, total pounds lost and even include the reduction of medication (such as Type-2 diabetes medication, cholesterol medication, etc.) over time.

An Insider’s Perspective

Many bariatric patients are happy to share their story with those who are considering a procedure. Michelle had RNY gastric bypass surgery in 2006 and continues to blog about the experience. She posted about the Ethicon tool in June 2014, saying it was a fantastic option for those who are on the fence about which procedure to pursue. She notes that it’s based on “personally provided anonymous information (which) shows what people of similar demographics have experienced after surgery.”

Some of the options with Ethicon include gastric bypass, only gastric band, and gastric sleeve—these are currently the most common of bariatric procedures. However, there’s new information being uploaded into the Ethicon database continuously. If and when more procedures become popular, you’ll be able to find even more information, statistics and personal reviews.

A Trial Run

What will you be asked in order to get started? Your basic information such as age, height, weight and ethnicity are required, but you also need to complete information about “co-morbidities,” or health issues that may be linked to obesity. This can include sleep apnea, hypertension, cholesterol or a slew of other conditions. This is important because you’ll get results based on commonalities shared with other patients.

Michele used her pre-op information to see what Ethicon said she might expect at six months and twelve months post-op. “If you list co-morbidities, it shares with you a percentage of people whose conditions were resolved or improved enough to stop medications,” she says. It also lists how long post-op hospitals stays were, any re-admissions, possible deficiencies and post-surgery illnesses.

Improving Surgeries

Michelle points out that “long term data on post-ops is lacking so it’s great that it is being gathered and will hopefully help weight loss surgery become an even safer and effective obesity treatment.” Of course, Ethicon isn’t a guarantee, but it can certainly be a solid foundation to starting a conversation with your doctor.

Ready to see what Ethicon has to reveal about you?

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