Each year, about 40,000 severely overweight Americans undergo drastic abdominal surgery on a voluntary basis. The procedure, known as "bariatric surgery," reconfigures a patient’s stomach and small intestine so he eats less, and absorbs less of what he does eat. A panel of guests talks about determining who are appropriate candidates for the surgery, and the risks and benefits most patients experience.

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  • Dr. Arthur Frank Medical Director of the George Washington University weight management program
  • Dr. William Marcus Surgeon
  • Robert Altman Bariatric surgery patient

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