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07 September 2011

Rare surgery for weight loss

A less common form of obesity surgery may spur more weight loss than its far more popular cousin, gastric bypass – but at the price of greater long-term risks.

A less common form of obesity surgery may spur more weight loss than its far more popular cousin, gastric bypass – but at the price of greater long-term risks, researchers reported.

People shed a substantial amount of weight with either type of surgery. Gastric bypass patients cut an average of 50 kilos, while duodenal switch patients dropped about 74. But those extra kilos came with nearly double the complication rate.

 
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