Reuters covers U-M-led bariatric surgery outcomes research

July 12, 2016  //  FOUND IN: News

Video-taped weight-loss operations revealed that a physician’s surgical skill is not equal from one bariatric surgery to another.

U-M assistant professor of surgery Oliver Varban, M.D., was quoted by Reuters Health on study findings that suggest “a surgeon’s skill with one operation may not translate into other seemingly similar operations.”

Varban and colleagues looked at the performance of gastric bypass surgery and sleeve gastrectomy. One reason why skill in one surgery didn’t predict skill in another may be that the operations aren’t similar enough.

“If we are to use video-based skill ratings to evaluate surgical quality, each procedure needs to be evaluated separately,” said Varban, who also conducts outcomes research with the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative.

Find out more about the recent study in Surgery.