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Risks of Bariatric Surgery

The primary risks of bariatric surgery are the same as those associated with any major abdominal surgery. About 30 to 40 years ago when bariatric surgery was just starting out, the procedure's legitimacy was sometimes in question.

By the beginning of the 1990s, however, the National Institutes for Health (a department of the U.S. Health and Human Services Office) officially endorsed the procedure as appropriate treatment for people with a Body Mass Index over 40, or people who were over 100 pounds overweight.

According to the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, averaging high and low risk patients together, the death rate from bariatric surgery is about 0.2 percent. That breaks down to two deaths per 1,000 operations.

For morbidly obese patients who do not have surgery, life expectancy can be 15 or more years below average.

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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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