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Is obesity surgery good or risky?

Is obesity surgery good or risky?

Obesity surgery: All surgery has risks and obesity surgery has less risk than obesity. See a surgeon for a complete discussion of the risks. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

The definition started with Louis Israel Dublin, chief statistician of the Metropolitan life insurance company, in the early 1940s, as a BMI >25 (definitely >30) for people in their 20's based on retrospective observational life insurance data of the age at which people died later in life. This was subsequently adopted by the medical disease industry. However, BMI is ...Read more


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What is the best obesity surgery type?

What is the best obesity surgery type?

Depends: Bypass is ideal for patients with severe gastric reflux or severe obesity or bad diabetes. Sleeve is great for moderate diabetes and mild reflux. Band is ok for thinner patients ( bmi < 40) who have minimal reflux, no diabetes, and good eating habits. Duodenal switch still too much malabsorption. ...Read more

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What are the details of nhs obesity surgery?

What are the details of nhs obesity surgery?

Which one?: Nhs is the national health service of the british people. It does endorse bariatric procedures to address morbid obesity. It currently support/ fund both band and bypass for appropriate patients - long waiting time is commonly reported. ...Read more

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Who should be considered for obesity surgery and who does it?

Who should be considered for obesity surgery and who does it?

BMi > 35: Most people with a bmi over 35, a number calculated from your height and weight, are candidates for weight loss surgery. General surgeons, who have trained in bariatrics surgery, perform surgery for weight loss. ...Read more

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Obesity surgery question. What percentage fail after 5-10 years?

Obesity surgery question.  What percentage fail after 5-10 years?

Depends on type 5-30: The failure rate for bariatric surgery depends on the type. For the band, we are seeing about 25-30% band removal at 7 years. Mostly due to reflux. For the bypass, only 1/1000 have reversal. All regain some weight. Most lose about 75% of excess weight but regain about 10%. About 15% regain more than 25%. For the sleeve, most lose about 70% of excess weight, but regain about 10% over 5 years. ...Read more

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What are the risks involved in having obesity surgery?

What are the risks involved in having obesity surgery?

Varies by procedure : Always consider risks and benefits. For band, risk of slip (2%), erosion (1%), removal (25%). For sleeve, risk of leak (1%), acid reflux & heartburn (8%). For bypass , risk of leak (0.5%), ulcer (1%), stricture (4%), obstruction (1%). For all, risk of gallstones (5%), temporary bleeding 1%, leg/lung clot 1%. Overall, all are about as safe as taking out appendix. Most complications can be treated. ...Read more

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What is the obesity surgery with fewest side effects?

What is the obesity surgery with fewest side effects?

Gastric banding: Gastric banding surgery for weight loss has the fewest side effects. ...Read more

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Which patients should be considered for obesity surgery?

Which patients should be considered for obesity surgery?

High BMI: Most insurance companies provide bariatric surgery coverage for patients with a bmi (body mass index) > 40, or a bmi of 35 with certain comorbidities. Your doctor should know your bmi, or online bmi calculator is widely available. ...Read more

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What is obesity surgery, the tummy tuck or the stomach stapling?

What is obesity surgery, the tummy tuck or the stomach stapling?

Not a tummy tuck. : Obesity surgery or bariatric surgery is done for weight loss and treatment of weight associated medical problems and includes the stomach stapling or banding. A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery done to remove excess skin. ...Read more

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I'm a obese 33female.Who's considering asking my dr about bariatric surgery.I'm 5'1 n 235lbs would I have2loose weight before they'd do surgery on me?

Probably not: Your bmi is 44. Most likely you would not be required to lose weight before your surgery. Although every surgeon has their own personal protocols so check with your bariatric surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Nishi
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Obesity Surgery (Definition)

Obesity surgery includes different options to reduce the size or absorptive power of the stomach through a gastric band, a gastric sleeve, ...Read more