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January 03, 2006

Bariatric Surgery Summary on CNN.com

Cory Doctorow is linking to this story on CNN.com that summarizes some of the outcomes research that is looking a bariatric surgery. Dr. Paul O'Brien, director of the Centre for Obesity Research and Education at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and others conducted this meta-analysis:

Combining results on 23,638 patients in 43 published studies, they found that bypasses beat bands for the first three years but were comparable after seven years, with excess weight loss of 55 percent for bypass and 51 percent for bands.

From this, he favors the silastic band procedure, which is considered safer and completely reversible compared to the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass or the duodenal switch procedures.

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