What is the most effective form of weight loss surgery?

Steven C. Simper, MD
Vascular Surgery
In terms of effectiveness, weight loss surgeries are operations of different power. The duodenal switch is the most powerful operation. That requires less individual effort on the part of the person, but the person still has to make an effort to maintain nutrition, eat properly and take the appropriate vitamins. 

The least powerful operation is the lap band. It takes more determination, more education and more commitment by the person for success.

Weight loss surgery has to be combined with diet and exercise in order to be successful, not only in the long term but also in the short term. The person is still involved in the process, and there's no replacement for diet, exercise and eating properly.

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Weight Loss Procedures and Surgeries

Weight Loss Procedures and Surgeries

Weight loss surgery procedures, including liposuction, gastric bypass, gastric botox and Lap Band surgery are viable options for those needing help with excessive weight loss. But they aren't without their risks. Weight loss surge...

ry procedures should only be performed on individuals for whom regular diet, exercise and medication didn't prove effective. Check out the answers below for more information on how weight loss surgery has advanced over time and which one might be best for you.

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