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A 45-year-old female asked:

What are the pros and cons of weight loss surgery?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Melissa Young
Endocrinology 10 years experience
See below: 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.
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
If you're willing to go under the knife, then you have the discipline to lose weight on your own. Here's a list of the complications. http://www.weightawareness.com/topics/doc.xml?__topic_id=111&doc_id=1422 Notice one of them is death, in 1/330 patients. Nobody ever died from "eat right and get some exercise."
May 2, 2012
Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 36 years experience
Risk and benefit: Pros- a great tool to start a healthy life. Cons - risk of surgery and some have malabsorption leading to other issues.
Dr. Marc Neff
A US doctor answeredLearn more
Pros weight loss : 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.

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