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Bariatric Surgery

Weight loss surgery can be a life-saving option for people who are severely obese. It can be especially helpful for those with life-threatening, weight-related health problems, such as diabetes, sleep apnea or heart disease. Examine the benefits and risks of bariatric surgery, from the gastric bypass to stomach banding.

Guests

Mehul Trivedi, M.D.
General surgeon at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany with fellowship training in bariatric, minimally-invasive and foregut surgery who has performed hundreds of bariatric and minimally-invasive surgeries, from lap-band placements to gastric bypasses.

Drew Anderson, Ph.D.
Associate professor at the University at Albany conducting research across the eating disorder spectrum, from anorexia to obesity.

Anne Jones, R.N., C.B.N.
Certified bariatrics nurse and clinical coordinator of the Bariatric Care Center at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady.

Related Resources

• The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery seeks to improve public health and well being by lessening the burden of the disease of obesity and related diseases throughout the world.

• The Journal of the American Medical Association offers a patient page offering information for those considering bariatric surgery.

MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, lists extensive resources on weight loss surgery.

• The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute offers an online 'Calculate Your Body Mass Index' calculator.

UpToDate is an evidence-based, peer-reviewed information resource with information on different bariatric procedures.

• The Weight-control Information Network, an information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, provides information on bariatric surgery for severe obesity.
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