(Update 1) Gastric Bypass Surgery Doesn’t Work For Everyone

September 17, 2008

A new study has shown that gastric bypass surgery doesn't work for everyone...Washington (ChattahBox) – A new study has shown that gastric bypass surgery doesn’t work for everyone.

Gastric bypass surger is popular as a way to treat obesity, shrinking the stomach by creating a small pouch to cut down on hunger.

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco have found though it is not good for all.

They carried out their study on 310 patients with an average BMI of 52, with anything over 40 being considered morbidly obese.

They found that after a year, many dropped 60% of their excess body weight.  Over 12% of those who took part though had trouble losing weight, and researchers had to find out why.

They found two factors that had an impact on the success of the surgery.

The two factors included diabetes, and having a larger stomach pouch.

Changing diabetes medication may be able to fix the troubles.

The study has been published in the Archives of Surgery.


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