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Comparison of Obesity Surgeries Turns Up Surprising Results
Date:9/18/2012

challenging than to do the gastric bypass."

"Challenge your doctor; don't believe in old wives' tales," Roslin added. "I can't think of a biologic reason why a bypass above the pyloric valve is better than a bypass beneath it."

Both procedures cost about the same -- between $25,000 and $40,000, depending on the contract a hospital has with insurance companies, Roslin said.

The authors said further research is needed to determine the ideal candidate for the duodenal switch and to assess long-term results.

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For more information on weight-loss surgery, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Mitchell Roslin, M.D., chief of bariatric surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; Alec Beekley, M.D., associate professor of surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia; Archives of Surgery, September 2012


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