According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese. While diet and exercise are essential to successful weight-loss, when one’s body mass index (BMI) reaches the level of obesity, additional help may be needed to obtain long-term weight loss. Michael Russo, MD, general surgeon specializing in bariatric surgery at the MemorialCare Center for Obesity at Orange Coast, discusses recent data regarding weight-loss success rates, new minimally invasive technology available to surgically treat obesity, as well as current trends and success rates of all surgical options currently available.
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