He said surgeons have tried similar approaches using incisions, and they haven’t worked well. In addition, he said, the length of the new study was short, and it didn’t take into account the fact that weight-loss surgeries tend to fail at two years and beyond.Two of the study authors disclosed potential conflicts of interest. Abu Dayyeh is a consultant for a company called Apollo bariatric surgery which provided partial funding for the study and has supported his research.Christopher Gostout is Apollo bariatric surgery chief medical officer and holds a stake in the firm.

Currently, more than a third of people in the United States are obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Beyond just being a cosmetic problem, obesity can lead to serious health risks including type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease,Weight loss surgery (also called bariatric surgery), which limits the amount of food a person can eat, is one option for people with a body mass index above 40, according to the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Body mass index is a rough estimate of a person’s fat based on height and weight measurements.

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