Research is foundational to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Interdisciplinary, innovative and pioneering investigations at Johns Hopkins not only create scientific history, but they also help tie together world-renowned medical education and unsurpassed patient care. 

The Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery is dedicated to improving surgical care and patient success. We strive to understand the causes of obesity and related diseases, such as diabetes, in order to better care for our patients prior to surgery, during the surgical procedure and for the rest of their lives. 

One of the areas of care we know requires further study is nutrition before and after surgery, particularly as patients age and more adolescents opt for bariatric surgery. We have concluded one study to determine if chewable vitamins are better absorbed than tablets following bariatric surgery, and we have more studies planned for the future. 

We also work to prevent complications from the surgery itself. We have studied whether fondaparinux sodium is more effective than enoxaparin at preventing potentially life threatening blood clots (deep vein thrombosis). We have worked to improve diagnostic techniques for these blood clots, which are currently less effective in obese patients. 

Research at the Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery is leading the way for a healthier tomorrow.

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