Would People Gain More Weight to Have Weight Loss Surgery

Would People Gain More Weight to Have Weight Loss Surgery

Would People Gain More Weight to Have Weight Loss Surgery The health of the nation impacts us all. The rising cases of obesity and morbid obesity related diseases have the cost of health care rising to alarming rates. Obesity has changed federal laws, allowing tax relief for certain associated cost. Restaurant menus now include fad diet recipes. Television advertisements rave of new diet drinks, diet pills, herbal supplements, and surgeries to rescue Americans from overeating behaviors. Bariatric surgery appears to be the last resort for some patients. Al Roker, Carnie Wilson, and Sharon Osborn are famous spokes models for the surgery and rave of its success. Bariatric surgery improves the quality of life and has been known to send some life threatening diseases such as diabetes into remission. There are no clinical trials proving that the life span of an individual increases as a direct result of the weight loss surgery. One could reasonably assume that bariatric surgery prolongs life because it reduces or eliminates or reduces health risk factors such as pulmonary hypertension, coronary artery disease, and insulin-resistant type II diabetes. G. Wesley Clark, MD, (2003) bariatric surgeon, San Diego, California has performed over 2000 weight loss operations over the last 17 years. He was the founder of the Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Roux en-Y. He contends that his mortality rate is 1:1000 for a laparoscopic procedure. According to Dr. Clark mortality from surgery is usually determined from all causes of death, natural or otherwise within 30 days following the operation. If this is true a person could expire from a horrible car wreck 29 days after laparoscopic surgery and still be included the weight loss surgery statistics. A person may die from complications resulting from the surgery several months later and not be included in the statistics. The average statistic quotes the mortality rate at 0.5% that is 1 out of every 200 …


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