Weight loss surgery linked to reduced mortality 5-10 years after procedure

January 7, 2015 8:10 AM

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Weight loss surgery linked to reduced mortality 5-10 years after procedure

Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, is used as a weight-loss aid for individuals who are obese. It primarily involves one of three procedures: gastric bypass, gastric banding or sleeve gastrectomy.

During a gastric bypass - the most common of the three procedures - the stomach is divided into a small upper section and large bottom section. The small intestine is then rerouted to the small upper section, meaning the patient will eat less.

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