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There is always a concern of whether a procedure is safe, tried and true. These quotes  real quotes may provide you with a glimpse of what the predominant opinion, based on research, is in the medical community regarding bariatric procedures as an option for those struggling with obesity.

“Only bariatric surgery can provide substantial and maintained weight loss, which in turn results in improvement of obesity-related co-morbidities and quality of life.”

Journal of the American Medical Association

“We count these [study] results as a milestone in our understanding of the benefits of bariatric surgery for obesity. We are confident in the results and believe this will lead to an acceptance that bariatric surgery is a viable, life-saving option for severely obese patients.”

Pennington Biomedical Research Center

“The [quality of life] score for the obese group was much lower, suggesting a substantially lower quality of life. The researchers concluded that nearly 3 million quality years are lost in this country each year from obesity and associated conditions.”

American Journal of Preventive Medicine

“[…] evidence is adequate to conclude that open and laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGBP), laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), and open and laparoscopic biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS), are reasonable and necessary for Medicare beneficiaries who have a body-mass index (BMI) > 35, have at least one co-morbidity related to obesity, and have been previously unsuccessful with medical treatment for obesity.”

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

“When indicated, surgical intervention leads to significant improvements in decreasing excess weight and comorbidities that can be maintained over time. These include diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, liver disease, systemic hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, and cardiovascular dysfunction. Recent prospective, nonrandomized, observational, or case-control population studies have also shown bariatric surgery to prolong survival in the severely obese.”

American Heart Association

“Bariatric surgery is an appropriate treatment for people with type 2 diabetes and obesity not achieving recommended treatment targets with medical therapies, especially when there are other major co-morbidities.”

International Diabetes Federation

“Over the past ten years a consensus has emerged that surgery can produce substantial weight loss and may markedly improve a number of health outcomes. This consensus is supported by the findings of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in 1998, the AHRQ 2003 Technology Assessment, and the CMS MCAC panel in November of 2004, among others. NAASO supports these conclusions, and believes that surgery does have its place in the obesity treatment continuum.”

The Obesity Society

“Weight loss after bariatric surgery resulted in significant amelioration of knee and/or back pain with an improvement in functional abilities and quality of life of nonambulatory patients with obesity.”

Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.

“Weight loss as a result of bariatric surgery improves the appearances of the lungs and airways on CT scans and this corresponds with an improvement in breathlessness and lung function”

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London

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