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    Will weight loss surgery work long-term?

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    Dr Steven Leibman

    Bariatric (Obesity) Surgeon, General Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon, Upper GI Surgeon (Abdominal)

    Dr Leibman is a general, upper gastrointestinal and bariatric (weight loss) surgeon. Dr Leibman's surgical interests include surgery for gallstone disease, hernias, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, … View Profile

    The long-term management of these health conditions involves a method of weight loss that is both able to lose sufficient weight, but as importantly to sustain that weight loss long term (durability). It is for these patients therefore where surgery may be considered as an appropriate treatment for the weight condition. While most non-surgical techniques such as diet, exercise, psychology involvement, and some medical therapies tend to achieve a weight loss of around 10% with the usual pattern of weight regain in the following months, surgery aims to achieve a weight loss of 70% excess weight with long term maintenance of this weight loss.

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