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How do you decide on what type of weight loss surgery to get?

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Before you have weight loss surgery, you'll go through an evaluation process that includes counseling and various tests.

All types of weight loss surgery have pros and cons. Those that involve more cutting, sewing, and rearranging things inside of you may yield slightly better results, but they also may come with more side effects. You should talk about the risks and benefits with your doctor.

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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