October 31, 2012
Diabetes Surgery Tops Medical Innovation List
Bariatric surgery for diabetes treatment was selected as the most important medical innovation for 2013 in a poll of Cleveland Clinic physicians and researchers.
Participants in the survey, conducted for a conference on healthcare technology development taking place this week at the clinic, also voted femtosecond laser surgery for cataracts, mass spectrometry for diagnosing bacterial infections, and Medicare reform legislation pending in Congress into the top 10 on a list of exciting innovations.
The list was selected by Cleveland Clinic staff from 150 nominations of emerging technologies judged to have high probability of commercial success, according to a clinic press release.
An anti-diabetic effect of bariatric surgery was first noted as an unexpected side benefit of the procedure. It since has become the focus of trials with diabetic control as a prespecified outcome measure. The effect has been seen with a variety of approaches, including traditional gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and duodenal sleeves.
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By John Gever, Senior Editor, MedPage Today