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VIDEO: Surgical Slimmers

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Surgical Slimmers
Paid | iTunes
Length: 27:25
Aired: 1/19/2005

In spite of the risks, people are lining up to solve their weight problems in the operating room. And if the latest device -- an implantable stomach "pacer" -- works out, millions more will be taking the surgical way out. We follow two patients as they go through the life-transforming experience of gastric bypass surgery, causing dramatic weight loss. Both patients achieve major life goals, from the simple act of shopping in a regular - not plus-size - clothing store, to the substantial reduction of health risks like heart attack and diabetes. Alan Alda observes Amy's surgery at a Boston hospital, and visits Rodney as he recovers the day after his operation. Gastric bypass, in which a small, one-ounce, stomach "pouch" is created to replace the natural stomach, is the most common stomach surgery in the US, with 100,000 procedures performed a year - ten times the rate ten years ago. Nationally, 75% of those patients will achieve substantial permanent weight loss, although some will be able to "behaviorally" reverse their surgery. The "lap-band" procedure is an alternative weight-loss procedure to gastric bypass, involving the surgical placement of a restrictive plastic collar around the top of the stomach. "The bottom line is none of these surgeries are a cure for obesity in a vacuum. They all have to be part of a program that provides the behavior and the counseling." says Shikora. The obesity surgical group at the Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston is now beginning large scale clinical trials of the latest surgical approach to weight loss. A "pacer" - similar to a heart pacemaker - is implanted just under the skin of the abdomen and connected to electrodes attached to the stomach. Regular, imperceptible electric pulses create a feeling of fullness. With the pacer in place, patients are able to control their constant "grazing" eating behavior. watch

VIDEO: Surgical Slimmers

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Surgical Slimmers
Free | Xfinity
Length: 26:13
Aired: 1/19/2005

In spite of the risks, people are lining up to solve their weight problems in the operating room. watch

VIDEO: The Hero

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The Hero
Free | Hulu
Length: 26:18
Aired: 7/5/1958

Mike is hired by a playboy sportsman to supervise their underwater shark "safari" in the waters off Peru. watch

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Year Title Description
2005 Scientific American Frontiers: Surgical Slimmers
Season 15, Episode 1
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1959 Sea Hunt: The Search
Season 2, Episode 8
Episode, Actor - Ruth
1958 Fort Bowie Movie, Actor - Allison Garrett
1958 Sea Hunt: Underwater Patrol
Season 1, Episode 22
Episode, Actor - Judy
1958 Sea Hunt: The Hero
Season 1, Episode 26
Episode, Actor - Gloria

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