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What are the pros and cons of weight loss surgery?

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Dr. Melissa Young answered

Specializes in Endocrinology

Pros- weight loss, improvement of diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol. Cons - surgical complications(infection, bleeding, etc), malabsorption (if bypass surgery), band slippage (if lap band). If you are seriously considering it, meet with a surgeon to discuss risks.

Answered Feb 20, 2016

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Dr. Terry Simpson answered

Specializes in General Surgery

Pros- a great tool to start a healthy life. Cons - risk of surgery and some have malabsorption leading to other issues.

Answered Nov 2, 2018

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Dr. Marc Neff answered

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Weight loss surgery has come a long way since the early days. In the past 40 years, surgeons have perfected the different methods for performing the surgery, the methods of selecting appropriate candidates, how to trouble shoot complications from the different procedures, and how to coach people post-operatively. The surgeries are currently safer than heart or hip operations with a 90% success.

Answered Apr 14, 2014

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