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Bariatric surgery recommended for morbidly obese people

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7497.921-a (Published 21 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:921
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. New York

    New guidelines issued by the American College of Physicians recommend surgery as a “treatment option” for severely obese patients.


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    Opera singer Deborah Voight, who is renowned for her interpretation of the music of Wagner and Strauss, lost 45 kg after undergoing bariatric surgery in March

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    The guidelines, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (2005;142: 525-31)say that bariatric surgery, in which the stomach is reduced to a small pouch and, in some cases, joined to the small intestine to reduce food absorption, should be …

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