Gastric Bypass May Be Better Than Banding In Long Term

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 4:30am

People who got bypass surgery also lost weight faster, and more kept it off, in the study of more than 400 obese Swiss patients.

"What we would like with any of the (weight-loss) procedures ideally would be to have the least long-term complications, certainly the least long-term complications requiring (repeat) surgery," said Dr. Michel Suter, a surgeon from the Hopital du Chablais, Aigle, who worked on the study.

"There are drawbacks with bypass, there are side effects, and we have to take them into account," he told Reuters Health. But "overall, if I had to choose between the procedures, I certainly recommend the bypass."

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