There are 2 articles dealing with bariatric surgery this month. The first, accompanied by an invited critique, deals with the effect of obesity surgery on the metabolic syndrome. Lee et al emphasize that the metabolic syndrome was prevalent in 52% of obese individuals enrolled in their program and that significant weight reduction markedly improved all aspects of the syndrome and resulted in a cure rate of 95.6%. The invited critique is more skeptical and stresses that there are many unanswered questions.
This Month in Archives of Surgery. Arch Surg. 2004;139(10):1040. doi:10.1001/archsurg.139.10.1040