For those individuals who are morbidly obese defined as weighing more than 100 pounds above their ideal body weight or with a body mass index of 40 or higher (35 or higher with other illnesses such as diabetes or heart disease) weight loss, or bariatric, surgery can be a lifesaver. It is not, however, a miracle cure. It requires a skilled surgeon, support staff, and the patient's lifelong adherence to diet, exercise, and vitamin supplementation. Expert bariatric surgeon Flancbaum (St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hosp., New York, and Columbia Univ.) has written an excellent and reassuring guide for those considering the surgery. He clearly outlines the surgical options, explaining each type along with its risks and possible complications, as well as expected outcomes. He also explains what to expect before, during, and after surgery, discussing selection of a surgeon, insurance coverage, the surgery itself, pain control, diet, and (rarely) reoperation. Resources and recipes are appended. For a nurse's perspective on the same subject, see Michelle Boasten's Weight Loss Surgery: Understanding and Overcoming Morbid Obesity (FBE Service Network, 2001). For all health collections. Anne C. Tomlin, Auburn Memorial Hosp. Lib., NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
"Takes the mystery out of weight-loss surgery.
Should be read by all severely overweight people."
--From the Foreword by Richard L. Atkinson, M.D., President, American Obesity Association