Yet some patients, their families and even physicians fear bariatric surgery, remembering some highly publicized complications and deaths during the procedure's early days, Shikora said.
"The field has dramatically improved and is much more advanced than it was 20 years ago," Shikora said.
Shikora and DeMaria lay credit for that improvement on the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence program, which sets standards for training and patient care at the 350 hospitals and for the 650 surgeons granted the status.
The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has more on bariatric surgery.
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