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Why don't more doctors recommend weight loss surgery for obesity?
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Weight loss surgery
Is like a last resort when life style changes are insufficient to reduce weight adequately.
Often, those who qualify for this surgery are often poor surgical risks due to other conditions like diabetes, heart disease, lung disease. Counselling for motivation & weight loss programs are a safer route to follow. Life style changes are necessary even with surgery to keep weight off.

In brief: Weight loss surgery
Is like a last resort when life style changes are insufficient to reduce weight adequately.
Often, those who qualify for this surgery are often poor surgical risks due to other conditions like diabetes, heart disease, lung disease. Counselling for motivation & weight loss programs are a safer route to follow. Life style changes are necessary even with surgery to keep weight off.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Dr. Marc Neff
Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Obesity surgery
Weight loss surgery is a complicated procedure.
It is best done by board certified fellowship trained individuals at certified centers accredited by the american college of surgeons. Even at the best of centers, by the best of surgeons, there are still risks of surgical complications or noncompliant patients. The success overall is >90%, but those that fail are complicated patients to deal with.

In brief: Obesity surgery
Weight loss surgery is a complicated procedure.
It is best done by board certified fellowship trained individuals at certified centers accredited by the american college of surgeons. Even at the best of centers, by the best of surgeons, there are still risks of surgical complications or noncompliant patients. The success overall is >90%, but those that fail are complicated patients to deal with.
Dr. Marc Neff
Dr. Marc Neff
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Old data
Years ago there were two types of weight loss surgery: those that didn't work and those that killed you.
Today surgery is far advanced but old issues are there.

In brief: Old data
Years ago there were two types of weight loss surgery: those that didn't work and those that killed you.
Today surgery is far advanced but old issues are there.
Dr. Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson
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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Lots of reasons
There are a lot of risks associated with this type of surgery then a drastically new form of eating not all patients could handle.
You also have to meet strict requirements for the surgery and it is not always covered by insurance

In brief: Lots of reasons
There are a lot of risks associated with this type of surgery then a drastically new form of eating not all patients could handle.
You also have to meet strict requirements for the surgery and it is not always covered by insurance
Dr. Marsha Davis
Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Peter Denk
Surgery
In brief: They don't know.
Many doctors that aren't themselves bariatric (weight loss) surgeons don't know that much about modern weight loss surgery and the very low mortality and good success possible.
Patients with a body mass index of only 30 (obese) will benefit from weight loss surgery and improve their health and lifespan. This benefit is even greater for those with more weight to lose.

In brief: They don't know.
Many doctors that aren't themselves bariatric (weight loss) surgeons don't know that much about modern weight loss surgery and the very low mortality and good success possible.
Patients with a body mass index of only 30 (obese) will benefit from weight loss surgery and improve their health and lifespan. This benefit is even greater for those with more weight to lose.
Dr. Peter Denk
Dr. Peter Denk
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