Self Improvement: Bariatric Surgery

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about things you might do as you try to live up to your New Year’ s resolutions to improve yourself or make changes in your life. If you’ve resolved to lose weight year after year without much success, you may be tempted to consider weight-loss surgery. Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center caution that these surgeries aren’t for everyone.

A recent study of bariatric surgery, in which the size of the stomach is restricted so food intake is decreased, found that the surgery isn’t as effective for older adults. Dr. Edward Livingston, chairman of gastrointestinal surgery at UT Southwestern, says people over the age of 60 have less success with weight loss and more risk of complications. Complications include stomach and intestinal problems, heart problems, lung problems and even death.

Next: Another surgery for shaping up.


December 2006

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