Preoperative weight loss improves bariatric surgery outcomes, according to findings from a single-institution retrospective analysis. The weight loss came from following a 4-week low-calorie diet (LCD) and was of greatest benefit to patients who lost 8% or more of their excess weight. These patients had a greater loss of excess weight in the 12 months following surgery, as well as shorter average hospital length of stay.
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Preliminary studies indicated that short-term weight loss before surgery might reduce surgical complexity by reducing the size of the liver and intra-abdominal fat mass, but it remained uncertain what effect weight loss might have on long-term outcomes.