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How common is it for someone to need a gastric bypass?
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In brief: Very common
Less then 30% of the american population actually has a normal bmi.
Obesity is a major epidemic in this country and is rapidly expanding, especially in the adolescent and preadolescent age groups.Surgery is performed in 1% or less of those individuals who are consider candidates for these procedures. Surgery for obesity, especially over the last ten years has become increasingly more popular.

In brief: Very common
Less then 30% of the american population actually has a normal bmi.
Obesity is a major epidemic in this country and is rapidly expanding, especially in the adolescent and preadolescent age groups.Surgery is performed in 1% or less of those individuals who are consider candidates for these procedures. Surgery for obesity, especially over the last ten years has become increasingly more popular.
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
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Dr. Lonny Horowitz
Bariatrics
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In brief: Bariatric Surgery
Less than 17% of morbidly obese individuals satisfy the criteria for bariatric surgery.
Though the surgeons and "centers" performing these procedures would like it to be thought of otherwise this is a last ditch effort for those persons who have failed at every other possible weight loss effort---- this surgery is no walk in the park, has many life long consequences.

In brief: Bariatric Surgery
Less than 17% of morbidly obese individuals satisfy the criteria for bariatric surgery.
Though the surgeons and "centers" performing these procedures would like it to be thought of otherwise this is a last ditch effort for those persons who have failed at every other possible weight loss effort---- this surgery is no walk in the park, has many life long consequences.
Dr. Lonny Horowitz
Dr. Lonny Horowitz
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Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Incorrect. By definition, if a person is morbidly obese, meaning a BMI>40 or BMI 35-40 with a serious comorbid condition, then 100% are potential candidates for surgery. Certainly they should be in good medical condition to undergo surgery safely. Absolutely there are risk to surgery, but no greater than the long term consequences of diabetes, HTN and CAD. Surgery is not a last ditch effort.
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Statistics also show that conventional, nonsurgical weight loss has a dismal tract record with a greater than 95-98% failure rate within 5 years. The best long term success rates for sustained weight loss and resolution of serious medical conditions such as diabetes and HTN is with surgery. Agreed, nonsurgical weight loss should be attempted but 500 lb patients with DM are better off with surgery
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