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should i have weight loss surgery?

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Weight loss surgery: Only a weight loss surgeon will be able to answer that and the best ones recommend a diet for a few weeks or months before deciding whether you need surgery or not. The surgeons are excellent and, to my knowledge, really look after patients like you. Trust them!
Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
See your doctor.: certainly we have no details here of your situation, but a decision whether to have weight-loss surgery can only be made after weighing the potential risks and potential benefits. This discussion would be best served by going to your doctor. Weight-loss surgery certainly can carry with it many risks, but in some circumstances could be the best thing. Good luck.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is weight loss surgery effective?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Yes if you work it: I have seen people do very well after weight loss surgery. It takes few months after surgery for results to show it is not dramatic the weight loss. But keep tonifying the body and with weight loss make sure you manage nutritional needs simultaneously.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

How safe is weight loss surgery?

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Dr. Dominic Ricciardi
Bariatrics 20 years experience
Depends: Everything a physician does is potentially risky and decisions are determined by risk vs benefit. Your doctor must answer if your weight/related medical issues are riskier than surgery? Furthermore are you behaviorally prepared to to make such a dramatic lifestyle change? You can completely negate the potential benefit if you do not work on behavior modification.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What is involved for weight loss surgery?

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Dr. Ben Ferguson
Dr. Ben Fergusonanswered
General Surgery 10 years experience
Patient motivation: Bariatric surgery patients must be motivated to lose weight. They are typically seen by social workers, nutritionists, and psychologists in addition to the surgeon to ensure that a good support system is in place. There are many types; several involve forming new intestinal connections to bypass the stomach +/- part of the small intestine to limit intake and induce some degree of malabsorption.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How useful is weight-loss surgery?

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Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics 22 years experience
Weight loss surgery : Weight loss surgery can be tremendously successful. Not only does it result in successful long term weight loss, over 80% of patients with type 2 diabetes will be cured after a gastric bypass. Surgery is the only proven method of long term weight loss. By that i mean published medical trials have proven that diets fail and surgery works.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Could weight loss surgery actually work?

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Dr. Marc Neff
Specializes in General Surgery
Weight loss surgery: Weight loss surgery has been shown time and time again to be the most successful and durable method to achieve weight loss when patients are more than 100 lbs their ideal body weight. The problem with the success rate is first, finding a surgeon/hospital/program you trust. The second is the education preop and post-op which prepares you and continues to guide you on this journey.

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