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Bariatric surgery versus non-surgical treatment for obesity
  1. Viktoria L Gloy1,
  2. Matthias Briel1,2,
  3. Deepak L Bhatt3,
  4. Sangeeta R Kashyap4,
  5. Philip R Schauer5,
  6. Geltrude Mingrone6,
  7. Heiner C Bucher1,
  8. Alain J Nordmann1
  1. 1Basel Institute for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University Hospital Basel, Hebelstrasse 10, CH-4031 Basel, Switzerland
  2. 2Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
  3. 3VA Boston Healthcare System, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
  4. 4Endocrinology Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, USA
  5. 5Bariatric & Metabolic Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, USA
  6. 6Department of Internal Medicine, Università Cattolica S. Cuore, Rome, Italy
  1. Correspondence to : V L Gloy; Viktoria.Gloy{at}usb.ch

Abstract

STUDY QUESTION What are the summary effects of bariatric surgery compared with non-surgical treatment for obesity on body weight loss, comorbidities, adverse events, and quality of life?

SUMMARY ANSWER Bariatric surgery is more effective in inducing body weight loss and remission of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome after a maximal follow-up of 2 years, no cardiovascular events or deaths were reported after bariatric surgery, and the most common adverse events after bariatric surgery were iron deficiency anaemia and reoperations.

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