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February 26, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
With record U.S. obesity rates and newly expanded Food and Drug Administration eligibility criteria for Lap-Band surgery, more and more Americans may be mulling the possibility of going beyond diet and exercise to tackle their weight and the medical problems that come with it. Those deciding on the surgical route face the often-baffling choice of which procedure is for them. Although there are some broad guidelines, experts say, the final choice comes down to what both patient and doctor are comfortable with.
August 23, 2007 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Surgically induced weight loss produces as much as a 40% reduction in deaths in the 10 years after the operation, two large studies reported today. Researchers already knew that bariatric surgery sharply reduced diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, in addition to improving appearance and quality of life. But the new studies, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, are the first to document a long-suspected link between weight loss and survival.
February 12, 2007 | Mary Beckman, Special to The Times
Surgery has surged in popularity as a way to treat severe obesity. Today, it appears safe enough that some surgeons are testing it in children. Most people who are tremendously obese can't shed their weight through diet and exercise. For more than 50 years, surgeons have offered them another way: shorten or diminish the capacity of the gut. The first operations in 1954 cut out most of the small intestine, says Dr.
January 31, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Weight-loss surgeons from across the United States are attempting to distance themselves from surgery centers affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN advertising for Lap-Band surgery. In a letter to House members considering a congressional investigation of the Lap-Band and the massive Southern California ad campaign, the surgeons said it's important to note that not all weight-loss centers are created equal. They said nonprofit groups, including the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, review outpatient clinics and award the top facilities with a Center of Excellence rating.
April 9, 2007 | Jeannine Stein, Times Staff Writer
The daily gloom that many obese people endure is almost impossible to comprehend for the never-heavy. Struggles with irresistible urges to eat, weight-related health problems and embarrassment aren't always understood or received with sympathy; "just stop eating" is the simplistic advice usually offered by people who haven't a clue. "Fat: What No One Is Telling You," a new 90-minute PBS documentary, offers a more compassionate take on this thorny issue continually in the news.
September 18, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
Bariatric surgery works, if measured in hospital days and medicine costs 20 years after the operation, according to one of the new studies on obesity published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Gastric bypass surgery was shown to help severely obese patients, most of whom after six years had sustained an average weight loss of nearly 28% of their weight. For six years after their surgery, the patients in a Swedish study used more hospital days after bariatric surgery than obese people who didn't have the surgery, but in years 7 to 20 did not. The Swedish study, to be published Wednesday, included 1,010 adults who had surgery and 2,037 who did not. The study looked at long-term healthcare use. Of the surgery patients, 13% had gastric bypass, 19% gastric banding and the rest vertical-banded gastroplasty, a procedure no longer commonly performed.
October 19, 2005 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Stomach stapling surgery to control obesity, which has grown dramatically in the United States, has a death rate for some groups of patients that is as much as five times higher than was previously thought, researchers report today. About 4.6% of Medicare patients who undergo the surgery die the following year, with men and the elderly having the highest mortality, researchers from the University of Washington report today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
March 29, 2004 | Daniel Costello, Special to The Times
Weight-loss surgery once was considered a rare measure of last resort. Now, tens of thousands of obese people a year are turning to such procedures, often out of frustration with more traditional attempts to shed excess pounds. Faced with the daunting task of paying for all those surgeries -- estimated at more than $3 billion last year -- a growing list of insurers around the country are canceling coverage of the controversial procedures. In recent weeks, Kentucky-based Humana Inc.
January 12, 2013
Re "Diabetes a stubborn foe," Jan. 6 Though the article successfully portrayed indifferent diabetics, it neglected to mention the uncommon diabetics who work out and eat right. I am an 18-year-old diabetic, and while I can attest that diabetes is a terrible illness, most of its consequences can be avoided by putting down the potato chips and picking up a dumbbell. Unfortunately, in this day and age, something so simple is controversial. Eric Herschler Garden Grove Diabetes patients who store candy next to their insulin should be starkly confronted with the very real possibility of death from the disease.
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