Due to the shortcomings of diet and exercise approaches, bariatric surgery has become recognized as the most effective solution for long-term weight loss. For many patients, bariatric surgery has produced considerable long-term weight loss.
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This weight loss has important medical benefits, including normalizing blood glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes5, preventing the future development of diabetes6, improving or normalizing blood pressure in patients with hypertension,7,8 improving or eliminating obstructive sleep apnea,9,10,11 decreasing joint pain,12 and improving health-related quality of life13.
However, these surgical options also have many potential complications that must be carefully weighed against the potential benefits. The AspireAssist is a breakthrough minimally-invasive therapy that has been shown to provide similar weight loss results, without many of the serious complications of invasive surgery.