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Which type of weight loss surgery is best for me?

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The ideal weight loss surgery depends on your health and body type. If you're very obese, or if you've had abdominal surgery before, simpler surgeries might not be possible. Talk with your doctor about the pros and cons of each procedure to figure out which is right for you.

If possible, go to a medical center that specializes in weight loss surgery. Studies show that complications are less likely when it's done by experts.

SOURCES:

News release, Allergan.

ACP Medicine: "Endocrinology Chapter X: Obesity."

American Society for Bariatric Surgery website: "Brief History and Summary of Bariatric Surgery."

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery website: "Bariatric Surgery: Postoperative Concerns" and "Vagal Blocking Therapy for Obesity." 

American Family Physician: "Complications of Adjustable Gastric Banding Surgery for Obesity."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases: "Gastrointestinal Surgery for Severe Obesity."

Obesity Action Coalition website: "Gastrointestinal Surgery (Bariatric Surgery)" and "Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy."

News release, FDA.

Letter to Health Care Providers: FDA.

UCSan Diego Health: "Weight Loss Surgery Summaries."

Shikora, SA. , 2015. J Obese

Noren, E. . 2016. BMC Obes

Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 26, 2018

SOURCES:

News release, Allergan.

ACP Medicine: "Endocrinology Chapter X: Obesity."

American Society for Bariatric Surgery website: "Brief History and Summary of Bariatric Surgery."

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery website: "Bariatric Surgery: Postoperative Concerns" and "Vagal Blocking Therapy for Obesity." 

American Family Physician: "Complications of Adjustable Gastric Banding Surgery for Obesity."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases: "Gastrointestinal Surgery for Severe Obesity."

Obesity Action Coalition website: "Gastrointestinal Surgery (Bariatric Surgery)" and "Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy."

News release, FDA.

Letter to Health Care Providers: FDA.

UCSan Diego Health: "Weight Loss Surgery Summaries."

Shikora, SA. , 2015. J Obese

Noren, E. . 2016. BMC Obes

Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 26, 2018

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