Laura M Velcu

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effects of surgical weight loss on fatty liver disease in severely obese patients. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a spectrum that extends to liver fibrosis and cirrhosis, is rising at an alarming rate. This increase is occurring in conjunction with the rise of severe obesity and is probably(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity can have a tremendous impact on the psychosocial, physical, and economic health of those afflicted by it. We hypothesized that if surgery results in significant weight loss and improves quality of life, those unemployed and disabled as a result of their morbid obesity might be more likely to become gainfully employed after Roux-en-Y(More)
BACKGROUND Recent evidence suggests that morbid obesity is a chronic inflammatory condition that may be associated with immune dysfunction. To test this hypothesis, we investigated several leukocyte cell surface markers of chronic inflammation and followed their response to surgically-induced weight loss. METHODS 26 patients having Roux-en-Y gastric(More)
PURPOSE Many women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are overweight. This study investigated the impact of weight loss surgery on the clinical manifestations of this disorder in morbidly obese women with PCOS-a major risk factor for the development of heart disease, stroke, and type II diabetes. METHODS We reviewed the outcomes of women diagnosed(More)
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