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How do weight loss surgeries today work?

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Today, most weight loss surgeries use small cuts -- known as “laparoscopic” surgery -- instead of a big one. The surgeon makes five to six of these small cuts in the belly. He inserts tiny tools and a camera through these holes, then operates while watching a video screen.

If that’s not possible, he may need to make one large cut along the middle of the belly.

SOURCES:

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

 Virji, A. 2006. American Family Physician,

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

Cleveland Clinic: "Surgical Options for Extreme Obesity."

Buchwald, H. 2004. Journal of the American Medical Association,

Fisher, B. 2004. Obesity Surgery,

Kral, J. , 2006. British Medical Journal

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on March 25, 2017

SOURCES:

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

 Virji, A. 2006. American Family Physician,

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

Cleveland Clinic: "Surgical Options for Extreme Obesity."

Buchwald, H. 2004. Journal of the American Medical Association,

Fisher, B. 2004. Obesity Surgery,

Kral, J. , 2006. British Medical Journal

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on March 25, 2017

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