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A gastric band is a quick and simple solution for training

Gastric bands and gastric bypasses are now common methods of treatment for severe obesity. A few years ago, I myself had a consultation about having one of those operations. I decided against it at the time. In both procedures, the stom- ach organ is reduced in size so that only a limited amount of food can be in- gested — about the amount contained in a yoghurt pot. A gastric bypass usu- ally also includes removing a section of the intestine, so that any food eaten cannot be digested completely. Both procedures are performed under a general anaesthetic. These carry the usual risks of these kinds of operation — the Ger- man Self-Help Organisation for Obesity Surgery quotes a mortality risk of 0.3 per cent for this operation.


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