Activists have taken to the streets claiming that the gastric bypass procedure is an endocrine disruptor and bariatric surgeons should be held accountable.
For the very overweight and the obese, gastric bypass surgery has essentially become a game-changer, and in some cases, a life-saver. While the operation has enjoyed this type of widespread success for the very obese, is it also reasonable to use it for those with lesser degrees of obesity? A new, small study says yes.
Weight-loss surgery has been shown to help control weight and improve metabolic parameters among obese diabetics. This new study, which produced very impressive results, shows the actual degree of improvement of various types of surgery.
Bariatric surgery is perhaps the most effective means of combatting obesity, and according to the Journal of the American College of Surgery, some form of that surgery was chosen by over 120,000 people in 2008. There is, however, more than one type of bariatric surgery, and until recently it wasn t clear which would be better in terms of post-operative complications, the rate of re-hospitalization, or the efficacy of different procedures.