Dying to Lose Weight

Number 18689
Subject Health
Source Bee (Fresno
State California
Year 2001
Publication Date Dec. 30, 2001
Summary A Fresno Bee investigation of gastric bypass surgery -- a procedure that helps patients drop 100 pounds or more virtually instantly -- reveals that the treatment has a higher mortality rate than many doctors state. Many say the rate is less than 1 percent, but the Bee "uncovered seven deaths following the surgery in a three-month period. Twelve people died in less than two years. The number of deaths is probably higher" than originally believed.
Category Contest Finalist
Pages 33
Keywords gastric bypass surgery;losing weight;health;danger;deaths;doctors;medicine;patients
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