Health Watch - Weight Loss: Before Weight Loss Surgery

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about losing weight. Severely obese people whose health is at risk from their excess weight may need the assistance of bariatric surgery, which makes the stomach smaller and decreases the amount you can eat. But losing some weight beforehand can make the surgery easier.

Dr. Sergio Huerta, a surgeon at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says that patients who lost 8 percent of their body weight before they had bariatric surgery spent less time on the operating table. The weight loss appears to make the procedure less technically challenging for doctors. The study didn’t find that pre-surgery weight loss affected post-surgical complications or long-term results, but making the surgery easier for surgeons may reduce the risks associated with it.   

Visit to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in bariatrics.


October 2009

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