The Popularity of Weight-Loss Surgery The number of Americans undergoing weight-loss surgery has more than quadrupled in recent years. Joe Palca leads a discussion about bariatric surgery. Do the weight-loss benefits justify the surgical risks? Why has the popularity of the procedure surged?
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The Popularity of Weight-Loss Surgery

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The Popularity of Weight-Loss Surgery

The Popularity of Weight-Loss Surgery

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The number of Americans undergoing weight-loss surgery has more than quadrupled in recent years. Joe Palca leads a discussion about bariatric surgery. Do the weight-loss benefits justify the surgical risks? Why has the popularity of the procedure surged?

Guests:

David R. Flum, Director, Surgical Outcomes Research Center, University of Washington.

Mark Bessler, surgical director, Center for Obesity Surgery and Director of Laparoscopic Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, New York City.