Survey: Should bariatric surgery become first-line obesity therapy?

August 24, 2007
Marianne Mattera

Take this MedPage Today survey on bariatric surgery.

The National Institutes of Health recommends bariatric surgery only for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater (35 for patients with coexisting illnesses) who have failed other treatments.

Now an American study has shown that gastric bypass reduced all-cause mortality by 40% and Swedish researchers found bariatric surgery of any type reduced morality 29%. (See Missing Link Found: Bariatric Surgery Reduces Mortality)

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