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Does weight loss surgery work for everyone?

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Weight loss surgery is lifesaving for some people, taking off pounds that have hurt their health. But it's not right for everyone who has a lot of weight to lose.

If you're thinking about it, talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks, and whether it's a good idea for you.

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News release, Allergan.

Hedley, A. The Journal of the American Medical Association, June 16, 2004.

Rand, C. International Journal of Obesity, September 1991.

Virji, A. American Family Physician, April 15, 2006.

Brethauer, S. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, November 2006.

Buchwald, H. The Journal of the American Medical Association, Oct. 13, 2004.

American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery: "Rationale for the Surgical Treatment of Morbid Obesity."

Collazo-Clavell, M. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, October 2006.

Shah, M. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2006.

Malinowski, S. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences, April 2006.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 14, 2019

SOURCES:

News release, Allergan.

Hedley, A. The Journal of the American Medical Association, June 16, 2004.

Rand, C. International Journal of Obesity, September 1991.

Virji, A. American Family Physician, April 15, 2006.

Brethauer, S. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, November 2006.

Buchwald, H. The Journal of the American Medical Association, Oct. 13, 2004.

American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery: "Rationale for the Surgical Treatment of Morbid Obesity."

Collazo-Clavell, M. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, October 2006.

Shah, M. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2006.

Malinowski, S. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences, April 2006.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 14, 2019

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