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  1. Many Complications for Obesity Surgery

    July 24, 2006 -- Four in 10 obesity surgery patients develop complications within six months of leaving the hospital -- and 18% require a new hospital visit, a federal study shows. The 40% complication rate is far higher than the 10% to 20% complication rate for most surgeries. And it is higher than

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  2. Weight Loss Surgery Halves Heart Risk

    June 30, 2006 -- Weight loss Weight loss surgery may cut the risk of heart disease heart disease by nearly half among the extremely obese. A new study shows that extremely obese people who had weight loss surgery had less than half the risk of heart disease following surgery and were also less likel

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  3. Weight Loss Surgeries Increase Sixfold

    May 30, 2006 -- There was a nearly sixfold increase in the number of weight loss surgeries performed in the U.S. between 1998 and 2002, a new study shows. Roughly 14,000 gastric bypass surgeries were conducted in 1998, compared with nearly 82,600 such surgeries in 2002. Using hospital discharge data

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  4. Obesity Surgery: Hunger Hormone Impact

    May 12, 2006 -- New research offers more evidence that weight loss surgery has a dramatic impact on the hormones that drive hunger, and the findings could help advance the search for better drugs to treat obesity. The study involved nine morbidly obese patients who had gastric bypass surgery. Just s

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  5. Obesity Surgery May Cut Blood Pressure

    March 20, 2006 -- Obesity surgery might help get high blood pressure under control. The finding comes from John Fernstrom, PhD, and colleagues of the University of Pittsburgh's medical school. They report that among very obese people, blood pressure often dipped after weight loss surgery, especially

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  6. Obesity Surgery May Cut Heart Risk

    March 13, 2006 (Atlanta) -- At a time when obesity is epidemic in this country, researchers report that weight loss surgery can help prevent heart disease, strokes, and deaths due to cardiovascular disease. Researcher John A. Batsis, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, says six obese people would h

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  7. Disability After Weight Loss Surgery

    Dec. 28, 2005 - After gastric-bypass surgery, a 35-year-old woman lost a lot more than weight. She ended up back in the hospital, barely conscious and with weakness of all four limbs. A vitamin deficiency had affected her brain and nervous system. Because of appetite loss, nausea, and vomiting after

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  8. Weight Loss Surgery Makes Life Better for Obese

    Oct. 17, 2005 - Gastric bypass surgery greatly improves a person's quality of life, but it isn't a bed of roses, new studies show. A spate of new studies gives a clearer picture of the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery. The studies also raise the question of what increasing numbers of patien

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  9. Weight Loss Surgery May Help Obese Seniors

    July 1, 2005 -- Three new studies show that weight loss surgery may help obese older adults. The CDC says that 69% of Americans aged 65 and older were overweight or obese in 1999-2002. As more people live longer, the number of obese seniors is likely to grow, say researchers Ricardo Cohen, MD, and A

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  10. Weight Loss Surgery May Cure Health Woes

    June 29, 2005 -- Weight loss surgery may not only help severely obese people shed pounds, but it may also solve some of the most common health problems caused by obesity -- even if they remain overweight. A new study showed that gastric bypass surgery reversed the progression of diabetes and, in mos

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