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Is Weight Loss Surgery Safe?

Weight loss surgery has been described as "the most dangerous surgery performed, besides open heart."


The 2000 Mayo Clinic study on gastric bypass reported that 20 to 25 percent of the patients developed life-threatening complications within five years, in addition to a 10 percent morbidity and mortality during the post-op period. Those are similar rates to phen-fen, which was considered dangerous enough to take off the market.

Other experts claim complication rates for WLS are almost double these.

Many believe that deaths and complications attributable to WLS have been greatly under-reported. However, precise figures are very hard to come by.

Claims differ by surgeon and their specific surgical technique, and the weight of the patient at surgery.

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery - Reminder
Bariatric weight loss surgery is not an easy option to lose weight. 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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