Gastric Bypass Surgery: Everything You Need to Know to Make an Informed Decision

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McGraw Hill Professional, Apr 22, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 224 pages
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Some 22 million Americans are morbidly obese. For many of them, gastric bypass surgery appears to offer the only hope of long-term weight loss. Once viewed as a radical weight-loss alternative, the surgery is becoming increasingly popular. In 2002, more than 100,000 Americans elected to have the procedure done.

Written by a medical doctor specializing in the field, Gastric Bypass Surgery is the first comprehensive book to explain and discuss the benefits and risks of the procedure. Presented in a handy question-and-answer format, the book addresses everything from candidacy for the procedure to technique to recovery to finding a doctor and more. 150 questions and answers are featured.


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Chapter One Am I a Candidate?
Chapter Two What to Expect from GBS
Chapter Three The Risks
Chapter Four Preparing for Your Surgery
Chapter Five Postoperative Concerns and Healing
Chapter Six Nutrition
Chapter Seven Exercise
Appendix A Planning Checklist for Gastric Bypass Surgery
Appendix B Sample Letter from Your Primary Care Doctor or Surgeon
Appendix C Appeal Letter
Appendix D Useful Websites and Sources of More Information

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Page 155 - Sjostrom CD, Lissner L, Wedel H, Sjostrom L. Reduction in incidence of diabetes, hypertension and lipid disturbances after intentional weight loss induced by bariatric surgery: the SOS Intervention Study.
Page 136 - Indexes of desirable body weight are given in tables of "ideal weight for height" issued by both government agencies and insurance companies and are based on statistics for longevity (Table 5.2) and the body mass index (BMI), which is calculated by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by his or her height in meters squared.
Page 1 - Calculate your BMI by dividing your weight in pounds by your height in inches; divide that answer by your height in inches; multiply that answer by 703.
Page 149 - The small intestine is divided into three parts ; the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum : but this distinction is an arbitrary one, and not founded on any difference in structure.
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Page 144 - Menopause The time in a woman's life when the ovaries cease to produce the female sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone. In the United States, the average woman enters menopause at age 51.
Page 1 - Your body mass index (BMI), which is your weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters squared (kg/m2), determines whether you are considered obese.
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About the author (2004)

Mary P. McGowan, M.D., helped develop the bariatric surgery program at Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, NH. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and president of the Northeast Cholesterol Foundation. Dr. McGowan has authored numerous professional articles and has been a medical consultant on NBC's "Today."

Jo McGowan Chopra is a writer who specializes in health topics and is a regular columnist for Commonweal.

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