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Obes Surg. 1997 Oct;7(5):420-3.

Is bariatric surgery effective in the treatment of the neurological motor deficit syndromes?

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Oregon Center for Bariatric Surgery, Eugene 97401, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Persons who suffer from neurological motor deficit syndromes, such as multiple sclerosis, postpolio syndrome, cerebral palsy, myotonia or stroke, are at a particular disadvantage if they are also morbidly obese. There appears to be little in the medical literature describing the role of bariatric surgery and the management of these conditions.

METHODS:

We offer our experience with six such patients. All had variations of the gastric bypass procedure.

RESULTS:

Weight loss was quite good, in comparison to other morbidly obese patients. All six noted improved function, usually dramatically improved.

CONCLUSIONS:

Long-term weight maintenance and functional improvement cannot be assessed in this group of patients. One should expect difficulty in making a long-term assessment in the presence of a progressing debilitating disease. Short-term results were good, and we believe that bariatric surgery should be offered to these patients on an individual basis.

PMID:
9730496
DOI:
10.1381/096089297765555403
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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