The last two decades have witnessed the rapid ascent and decline of various surgical bariatric procedures. A rapid rise in open gastric bypass characterized the late 1990's and early 2000's. Laparoscopic bypass quickly replaced open approaches, as evidenced by the drastic increase of gastic bypasses performed laproscopically from 18% in 2002 to 72% in 2004.
By late 2008, seven years after receiving FDA approval, laparoscopic adjustable lap banding (LAGB) accounted for 24% of all bariatric procedures in the U.S.
And now we're witnessing the latest shift in bariatric surgery—the rise of laparoscopic sleeve gastrostomy (LSG).
Sleeve gastrectomy gains traction as leading bariatric procedure
Now that we are nearly a month into 2013, it’s time to reset our horizon scanning efforts and prepare ourselves for the year ahead. Last year was exciting for the neurosciences community. Several artificial discs and stroke devices were approved by the FDA, the debate about the efficacy of spine surgery continued, and new criteria for comprehensive stroke center certification was released.
It’s easy to imagine that 2013 will come with a host of new technological and programmatic developments across the year. To help understand the evolving product pipeline in neurosciences and spine, I've outlined what we believe are the top six technological trends to watch for across 2013.
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What to watch for in neurosciences in 2013: New devices target specialized conditions
Matthew Morrill and Christopher Pericak
Our research team reports live from the 2012 meeting of the Radiological Society of North America held in Chicago, Ill. We offer a preview of the major themes expected to emerge from the studies presented at this year's meeting.
The theme at the 2012 RSNA meeting is "Patients First," which seems straightforward at first glance. However, this year's presentations will reveal many surprises about how clinicians are achieving this principle.
Of the 13,162 abstracts submitted for consideration, RSNA coordinators accepted 5,246 for presentations. These studies coalesce into several sub-themes, all of which focus on helping providers appropriately and affordably use imaging to improve patient care.
RSNA 2012: A preview of major themes