Weight-Loss Surgery Might Reduce Serious Asthma Flare-Ups

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´╗┐Weight-Loss Surgery Might Reduce Serious Asthma Flare-Ups

Can Weight-Loss Surgery Reduce Asthma Flare-Ups?

Emergency visits, hospitalizations for airway disease dropped by half after procedure, study finds

Still, Hasegawa contended that "it's plausible that bariatric surgery-associated weight loss reversed the obesity-asthma link."

However, he cautioned that bariatric surgery isn't a simple fix, and that surgery can be associated with multiple complications. "There is no great nonsurgical weight-loss intervention in this population to date. This should be an important focus for future investigations," Hasegawa pointed out.

But, Morton said, the complication rates for weight-loss surgery aren't much different from other surgeries. "Many people think this is a high-risk surgery, but it has the same low mortality rate [less than one percent] as gallbladder surgery, and advances in laparoscopy have reduced hospitalization to only a two-day stay," explained Morton.

For those considering surgery, he advised people to have bariatric surgery only at an accredited center that provides extensive patient education and pre- and post-surgery support.
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