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Advances in surgical management of obesity, showing that laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery offers benefits over traditional gastric surgery including decreased mortality risks and length of recovery time were presented at the annual 1999 meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO). Researchers believe that the laparoscopic approach is poised to transform obesity surgery in much the same way it has other forms of surgery such as gall bladder removal.

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery Study
Results of 500 severely obese patients who underwent laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery were reviewed. The average weight loss for these patients was 80 percent of excess body weight at one year after surgery and this loss was maintained for up to 5 years of follow-up. In addition, improvement in obesity-related diseases occurred in the majority of patients. There were 1,752 serious obesity-associated health problems in these 500 patients before surgery. In one year following surgery, 96 percent of these conditions were relieved. Moreover, remission of type 2 diabetes occurred in 98 percent of afflicted patients, and of hypertension in 92 percent. There were no surgically-related deaths.

Obesity surgery is often the most effective treatment for patients with severe obesity, according to the associate director of the Division of Nutrition at Harvard Medical School. However, the decision to use weight loss surgery involves assessing the risk-benefit ratio in each case and the procedure should only be performed by experienced surgeons at reputable centers.

Source: Press Release: North American Association For The Study Of Obesity

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