8/13/2004

The case of an obese pregnant woman who, along with her 8-month-old fetus, died 18 months after the women underwent stomach-stapling surgery raises new concerns about the safety of the increasingly popular operation for obesity. Most of the 110,000 people who have had the surgery are women in their child-bearing years, and while the case is tragic, experts say the overall risk-benefit of the surgery needs to be considered.

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