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Bariatric Surgery For More Than Just Weight Loss?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 5:05am
by Lara Salahi and Shiela Reddy, M.D.


Gone may be the days of limiting bariatric surgery just to helping patients lose weight.

Indeed, these weight loss surgeries, in all forms, do just as the name describes. But a slew of new research suggests bariatric surgery can also be used to help reverse medical complications of obesity, not just eliminate obesity itself.

These procedures may reduce the risk of chronic disease, and even help patients better qualify for organ transplants, according to studies presented Wednesday at the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery annual meeting.

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