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What can you expect from weight loss surgery?

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Weight loss surgery can be lifesaving for some people who have a lot of weight to lose and need more than diet and exercise. Depending on the operation, they often lose 30% to 50% of their extra weight within 6 months.

It's a big decision. You can’t eat as much afterward, and it takes a life-long commitment to diet and exercise to keep the pounds off. Because it’s major surgery, there are some risks, too.

You and your doctor should talk through the options and decide what’s right for you. First, you’ll want to know what to expect.

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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