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Surgical Weight Loss [electronic resource]

After repeated failed attempts at weight reduction through diet and exercise, surgery may be the most effective treatment for obese and morbidly obese individuals. By following the course of several men and women who undergo gastric reduction procedures, this program presents the complete process of surgical weight loss, from clinical assessment to post-operative follow-ups. Along with the case studies, doctors and surgeons discuss the physiological and social causes of obesity, criteria for surgery, and the two main techniques: gastric bypass and adjustable gastric band.
Online
2009; 2008
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Esophageal Cancer [electronic resource]

In the past, esophageal cancer was linked to heavy smoking and drinking, but recent research points to a new culprit: acid reflux. This program examines the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of esophageal cancer. Case studies and commentary from leading medical experts in the field elucidate the causal chain between age; obesity; gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD; and Barrett's esophagus, a precursor to esophageal cancer. Gastroenterologists also discuss how long-term use of over-the-counter and prescription antacids can mask important warning signs of this disease.
Online
2009; 2007
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Shedding the Past [electronic resource]: Gastric Bypass Surgery and Its Complications

After a troubled childhood, years of yo-yo dieting, and adult obesity that topped 240 pounds, Marie-France Magnin opted for risky gastric bypass surgery. This program reveals the extent of the risk, describing frightening complications associated with the procedure. Interviews with Magnin and her family members highlight the operation's physical and psychological benefits and how easily they overshadow its dangers. 3-D animation outlines the anatomical goals of the procedure as well as its nutritional consequences: a vitamin B deficiency that must be constantly managed with supplements and injections. Having studied the Magnin case, a prominent neurologist explains how the vitamin deficiency led to paralysis.
Online
2009; 2007
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Crohn's Disease—Second Opinion

Since the age of twelve, Gabi Thomas has been fighting the physical and mental effects of having Crohn’s disease. She explains her challenges over the last 15 years, which included several hospital stays, and being on the brink of death. While experts discuss current treatments for Crohn’s, Gabi shares her journey of healing—explaining why she has never felt better.
Online
2019; 2017