Surgical approaches and outcome in the treatment of the obese patients

Bruce M. Wolfe, George L. Blackburn, Vivian M. Sanchez

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The surgical treatment of obesity is a consideration for individuals with severe obesity or obesity related comorbid conditions who have been unsuccessful in their effort to accomplish effective weight loss. Weight loss surgery is the most effective treatment for severe medical complicated and refractory obesity. Although there is a risk of postoperative complications, perioperative mortality is rare. It significantly ameliorates numerous life-threatening medical comorbidities that occur as part of the pathophysiology of obesity. Rapid changes in surgical technology and in demand for weight loss surgery have made the field one of medicines most dynamic. This chapter reviews available surgical procedures with possible mechanisms of action through the entero-hypothalamic endocrine axis, and their risks and outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTreatment of the Obese Patient
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781493912032
ISBN (Print)149391202X, 9781493912025
StatePublished - May 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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