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Surg Clin North Am. 2011 Dec;91(6):1313-38, x. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2011.08.014.

Bariatric surgery outcomes.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Spruce Street, 4 Silverstein, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.


Obesity is associated with an increased risk of death, and morbid obesity carries a significant risk of life-threatening complications such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Bariatric surgery is recognized as the only effective treatment of morbid obesity. The estimated number of bariatric operations performed in the United States in 2008 was more than 13 times the number performed in 1992. Despite this increase, only 1% of the eligible morbidly obese population are currently treated with bariatric surgery.

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