TITLE

Surgery Useful for Morbid Obesity, but Safety and Efficacy Questions Linger

AUTHOR(S)
Mitka, Mike
PUB. DATE
October 2006
SOURCE
JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association;10/4/2006, Vol. 296 Issue 13, p1575
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article states that bariatric surgery works better than lifestyle changes or drug therapy for the treatment of morbid obesity, which is defined as having a body mass index of over 40, or over 35 with a comorbid condition. The gastric bypass surgery is still facing questions about how effective and safe the treatment is. Complications of the surgery include dumping syndrome, which includes vomiting, diarrhea, and reflux, anastomosis complications like strictures or leaks, abdominal hernias, infections, and pneumonia. Some eligible patients are reluctant to seek care, as they are embarrassed by the condition. Some insurance companies refuse to pay for the procedure.
ACCESSION #
22557312

 

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