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If You Can Stomach It: Obesity surgery extends life span

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11:17am, August 22, 2007

Stomach surgery to curb the appetite offers a radical weight-loss option for extremely obese people. Two studies now show that those who get the surgery live longer than those who don't. The research may put to rest lingering doubts about survival after these operations.

Surgeons have developed three forms of stomach surgery aimed at limiting food intake. After these so-called bariatric surgeries, a person feels full after eating even a small amount of food.

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