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Weight-loss surgeries can fail, causing serious injury to patients

A Canadian woman is suffering after her laparoscopic gastric band failed, breaking into pieces inside of her abdomen.

The weight-loss clinic had promised that she'd have a new life where her struggle with obesity would not be as great. But when the laparoscopic band began slipping and became problematic, the clinic stopped offering its help. The victim's agony eventually prompted her to visit a hospital for revision surgery.

Although this gastric band procedure was in Canada, many people suffer similar issues every year in Ohio.

People struggling with obesity are often desperate and have tried many different ways to control their condition. Weight-loss clinics offer seemingly miraculous procedures to obese patients, such as gastric bypass surgery, but the results are often underwhelming.

Sometimes, as in the aforementioned story, the weight-loss surgery is not only a failure; it puts the patient's life at risk.

If you are considering weight-loss surgery, carefully assess your options and research various clinics and physicians. Some types of surgery have significantly higher success rates than others, as do clinics and hospitals.

Source: National Post, "Hospitals Left To Fix 'Crisis' Of Problems From Weight-Loss Surgeries Done At For-Profit Clinics," Tom Blackwell, July 18, 2014

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