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Biliopancreatic diversion obesity surgery helps patients lose 75% of excess weight
Tuesday, June 13, 2006 3:15 am Email this article
Biliopancreatic diversion obesity surgery causes a weight loss of nearly 15 percent after four months and an average long-term weight loss loss of 75 percent of excess weight according to several papers following 2,000 patients who have undergone this procedure as reported in a review paper on obesity surgery written by Dan Eisenberg and others from the Yale School of Medicine. Malabsorption
Weight loss due to malabsorption of food
Weight loss occurs with this procedure because food is not entirely digested and absorbed.
Complications: Anemia, ulcers, bone loss, vitamin deficiencies
Complications can include “anemia, stomal ulcers, bone demineralization and neurologic dysfunction due to vitamin deficiencies.”
Not commonly used
Not commonly used in the US because of complications
This procedure is not commonly used in the U.S. because of “significant metabolic complications.”
Eisenberg D, Duffy A, Bell R. Update on obesity surgery. World J Gastroenterol. 2006 May 28, 12(20):3196-203.
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Department of Surgery
Yale University School of Medicine
40 Temple St. Suite 3A
New Haven, CT 06510, United States
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On Jun 13, 2006 at 8:40 am DrJ wrote:
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Surprisingly, this was one of the three procedures that Medicare allowed for when they recently supported coverage of weight loss surgery. While it may produce superior weight loss and weight maintenance, the potential consequences are serious.
On Jun 13, 2006 at 8:46 am Larry Hobbs wrote:
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