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Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery is one solution to obesity. This approach recognizes the limitations of diets and traditional weight loss programs. While the early use of bariatric surgery in the United States dates back to the 1950s, at that time, the surgery often resulted in complications. The procedure became more common in the 1970s with the development of gastroplastry (stomach stapling). Complications of this procedure also became known as it was used more frequently, and it was replaced by gastric bypass procedures and banding procedures as the two most common types of weight loss surgery today. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is the most commonly used surgical procedure to treat morbid obesity in Europe, Australia, and South America

To undergo this surgery, the patient ...

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