Bariatric surgery found to be increasingly safe, successful

CNN reports on a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finding that bariatric surgery is “not only helping people lose weight, but also reducing their risk for cardiovascular disease and reversing type 2 diabetes.” Specifically, patients “who undergo gastric bypass lose, on average, 90 pounds in the three years after surgery – or 31% of their initial weight,” and “those who have the adjustable gastric band, or LAP-BAND, procedure lose about 44 pounds.”

In addition, complications have been dramatically reduced with experience and improvements in the surgery.

Previous research suggests some of these patients will gain back a portion of the weight over time, but the overall health benefits of bariatric surgery are appealing to many struggling with excess weight.