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Nerve Blocking Procedure Fails to Impress in Weight Loss Study
Date:9/2/2014

surgery and sleeve gastrectomy are types of weight loss -- or bariatric -- surgeries that make the stomach smaller. In a sleeve gastrectomy, a large part of the patient's stomach is removed. In a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, a part of the stomach is used to create a pouch -- essentially a new smaller stomach.

Although long-term outcomes of sleeve gastrectomy are still unclear, it might be more popular because it seems to have a favorable safety profile. And, weight loss may continue for at least two to three years after the surgery, the researchers said.

Schauer said that sleeve gastrectomy may be increasing in popularity because many patients and doctors prefer it.

"Patients seem to want a less invasive option. Also, more surgeons are trained to do sleeve gastrectomy than Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery because it is an easier procedure to perform," he said.

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For more about obesity, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Charles Billington, M.D., endocrinologist, weight management specialist, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Philip Schauer, M.D., bariatric surgeon, and director, Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio; Sept. 3, 2014, Journal of the American Medical Association


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