Gastric Bypass Is Superior to Adjustable Gastric Band in Super Morbidly Obese Patients
What is a super morbidly obese patient? It's a patient with a body mass index greater than 50 [calculated as weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters]. That may sound complicated, but it's easy: take your weight in pounds, multiply by 703, divide that answer by your height in inches, then divide that answer by your height in inches again. Check this chart to see if you are under- over- or just the right weight.
The article reviewed the outcomes of 106 super morbidly obese adults, and shows that these patients liked gastric bypass more, lose more weight by it, and suffer less complications from it. This is a small study but is prompting more investigation into just how well gastric banding performs, since it was until now seen as a possibly as effective and less invasive alternative to the traditional gastric bypass surgery.
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