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Invited Commentary
November 2015

No Rush to Judgment for Bariatric Surgery

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
JAMA Surg. 2015;150(11):1057. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.2222

It is unclear whether current studies will address critical questions about the long-term outcomes of bariatric surgery, including the sustainability of weight loss and comorbidity control and long-term complication rates.1 These critical gaps in knowledge pose a significant problem for people considering a potential surgical option to treat severe obesity. Contributing to these deficits are the paucity of comparative trials, incomplete follow-up, a lack of standardized definitions for changes in health status (eg, diabetes mellitus remission), and the tendency to a rush to judgment in favor of surgical treatment options.

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