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Do surgeons usually do weight loss surgery that is only malabsorptive?

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Surgeons rarely do weight loss surgery that's only malabsorptive. One exception is a surgery that removes much of the stomach. That surgery is called a biliopancreatic diversion with a duodenal switch.

SOURCES:
News release, Allergan.
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: "Bariatric Surgery."
Kelvin D. Higa, MD, program director of minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital, Fresno, CA; past president, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
Walter Pories, MD, professor, founding chair of surgery department, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
Buchwald, H. The Journal of the American Medical Association, Oct. 13, 2004.
Sjöström, L. New England Journal of Medicine, Dec. 23, 2004.
Colquitt, J. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2009.
Brolin, R. The Journal of the American Medical Association, Dec. 11, 2002.
Buchwald, H. Surgery, October 2007.
McMahon, M. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, October 2006.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 30, 2019

SOURCES:
News release, Allergan.
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: "Bariatric Surgery."
Kelvin D. Higa, MD, program director of minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital, Fresno, CA; past president, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
Walter Pories, MD, professor, founding chair of surgery department, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
Buchwald, H. The Journal of the American Medical Association, Oct. 13, 2004.
Sjöström, L. New England Journal of Medicine, Dec. 23, 2004.
Colquitt, J. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2009.
Brolin, R. The Journal of the American Medical Association, Dec. 11, 2002.
Buchwald, H. Surgery, October 2007.
McMahon, M. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, October 2006.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 30, 2019

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