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Government restrictions on weight loss surgeries limit access for poor, underinsured patients
Date:10/30/2007

with nearly 5 percent of adults classified as extremely obese.

Bariatric surgeries, which are usually reserved for those more than 100 pounds overweight, can help not only with weight, but related health problems. Obese adults are at increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, stroke and even some cancers.

Weight-loss surgeries have become more common as obesity has increased, with more than 140,000 gastric bypass procedures now performed in the U.S. annually.

UT Southwesterns Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery is one of only seven facilities in North America, and the only one in Texas, to be accredited by the American College of Surgeons. It has been named a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.

Surgeons at UT Southwestern performed the first laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery in Texas in 1999 and were the first in the Dallas area approved to perform the Lap Band procedure in 2001. UT Southwesterns bariatric specialists have performed approximately 4,000 procedures and have trained more than 100 surgeons from across the U.S.

Other UT Southwestern researchers involved in the study were Dr. Linda Hynan, associate professor of clinical sciences, and Alan Elliott, faculty associate in clinical sciences. Scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles department of biomathematics also contributed.


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Contact: Russell Rian
russell.rian@utsouthwestern.edu
214-648-3404
UT Southwestern Medical Center  
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