Bariatric Surgery

Wednesday, October 25, 2000 - 11:06 a.m.
Bariatric Surgery

Each year, about 40,000 severely overweight Americans undergo drastic abdominal surgery on a voluntary basis. The procedure, known as "bariatric surgery," reconfigures a patient's stomach and small intestine so he eats less, and...

Each year, about 40,000 severely overweight Americans undergo drastic abdominal surgery on a voluntary basis. The procedure, known as "bariatric surgery," reconfigures a patient's stomach and small intestine so he eats less, and absorbs less of what he does eat. A panel of guests talks about determining who are appropriate candidates for the surgery, and the risks and benefits most patients experience.

Guests

Dr. Arthur Frank

Medical Director of the George Washington University weight management program

Dr. William Marcus

surgeon

Robert Altman

bariatric surgery patient

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