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Is bariatric surgery safe if I have fatty liver disease?

Fatty liver occurs in obesity. Weight loss improves fatty liver in most cases. Most surgeons ask patients to be on a preoperative liquid diet to help shrink the fatty liver and for weight loss. This makes the visualization of the structures better and allows the patients to be more mobile after surgery. Bariatric surgery is safely done routinely in patients with fatty liver. 

About 90% of people who undergo bariatric surgery have some fatty liver disease. However, the surgery is not safe for everyone who has this condition. Some people, in addition to having excess fat in their livers also have scarred liver tissue, which put them at increased risk of problems from bariatric surgery. Talk to your own doctor about your fatty liver disease and whether bariatric surgery is safe and recommended for you.

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