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Letter from the Editor, #756

Nov 18, 2014

When the first gastric bypass was done, the incision was about 6-9 inches long. Then came lap band surgery for weight loss. We have gone from 4 incisions to one small incision over the past five years. We are always looking for less-invasive ways to help our patients lose weight and improve their health. Now, there is a new target and method to take the incision totally out of the picture.

It appears that the side effect of gastric embolization will prove to be the most noninvasive way to reduce weight in patients. Check out Item 4 and learn how the Get Lean study proved this new method can work for your patients. But if you are not ready for this new procedure, then you may be interested to learn that a new study shows that weight loss surgery actually saves insurers and payers money over the long run.


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