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BACKGROUND Surgical attempts to treat obesity began because of the discouraging results of conservative medical treatment, which successfully achieved initial weight loss but failed to maintain it. Gastric restrictive procedures, currently the most popular surgical methods for obesity therapy, have proved to be effective in initiating weight loss, but some(More)
A combination of sclerotherapy, rubber band ligation and infrared coagulation was performed in 7850 patients seen an outpatient clinic over a period of 9 years. The most common symptom was bleeding followed by prolapse, pain and itching. Results were considered satisfactory in 7100 patients (90.5%); 750 (9.5%) required a formal hemorrhoidectomy.(More)
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