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Bariatric surgery for diabetes tops innovation rankings


The Cleveland Clinic has released a list of the top 10 medical innovations that will have an impact on healthcare in 2013. The list was generated out of 150 nominations from more than 110 Clinic experts.

The top innovation is bariatric surgery for control of diabetes. About half the people who take diabetes medications are not able to control their disease, potentially leading to complications such as myocardial infarction, blindness, stroke and kidney failure.

Over the years, many doctors performing weight-loss operations found the procedure would rid patients of type 2 diabetes, often before the patient left the hospital.

Many diabetes experts now believe that weight-loss surgery should be offered much earlier as a reasonable treatment option for patients with poorly controlled diabetes, rather than as a last resort, according to a Cleveland Clinic news release.

Rounding out the top 10 innovations for 2013 are:

2. Neuromodulation device for cluster and migraine headaches.

3. Mass spectrometry for bacterial identification.

4. Drugs for advanced prostate cancer.

5. Hand-held optical scan for melanoma.

6. Femtosecond laser cataract surgery.

7. Ex vivo lung perfusion.

8. Modular devices for treating complex aneurysms.

9. Digital breast tomosynthesis.

10. Medicare rewards for better health.

For information about each of the innovations, visit


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