Surgery for Morbid Obesity

Carol Landau, Matthew J. Lambert, Michael P. Hocking, Edward R. Woodward, David H. Alpers

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To the Editor: Hocking et al. concluded that jejunoileal bypass surgery is no longer justified, with the availability of gastric restriction (April 28 issue).1 However, before gastric restriction is viewed as the best treatment for obesity, better and more detailed long-term follow-up studies are needed. In his editorial in the same issue Alpers correctly indicated that increased life expectancy has not yet been documented in subjects of surgical therapy for obesity.2 Since the mortality rate of the obese is usually the reason given to justify surgical treatment,3,4 these follow-up studies are critical. Until that time, perhaps more care should be.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)793-794
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number13
StatePublished - Sep 29 1983


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