When a person’s obesity reaches such a morbid state that it threatens the health of the individual, it is often time for emergency surgery.

I read of one case where a middle aged man became so obese that he could no longer stand up, he could barely breath and his heart was about to fail as it could no longer pump enough blood to the entire body. The doctors treating him didn’t think he had enough time for a strict diet or similar long term solution. They had to operate then in order to save his life. During the surgery, they carefully removed as much excess fatty tissue as possible, while still trying to maintain blood and nerve supply to surrounding muscles and skin. They also stapled off most of the mans’ stomach which would help limit the amount of food he could eat at any one time. It was a painstaking surgery that took hours to perform.

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