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Weight-Loss Surgery Poses Health Risks

The American Society of Bariatric Surgery says weight loss surgery operations have increased from about 20,000 in 1995 to an estimated 45,000 in 2001. It estimates a 7 percent complication rate.

But one study of 800 weight loss surgery patients found complication rates of 20 to 40 percent, with everything from intestinal leaks to nutritional deficiencies.

Gastric bypass weight loss surgery entails shrinking the stomach from about the size of a small melon to the size of an egg.

Doctors reroute the intestinal track so that patients eat less, absorb fewer calories and lose weight - fast.

Weight Loss Surgery - Reminder
Gastrointestinal weight loss surgery is not an easy weight loss option. It's a serious surgical procedure whose long-term weight loss success depends on a patient's commitment to diet and behavior modification for life, along with exercise for weight control.

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