New procedure to help obese regain virility

May 15th, 2008 - 3:25 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, May 15 (IANS) A gastric bypass surgery not only helps morbidly obese shed unwanted kilos, but also enables them regain sexual functioning. This procedure reduces calorie intake by reducing the size of the stomach and bypassing small intestines. The patient feels full faster and learns to reduce the amount of food that he eats.

The findings are based on a study of 95 patients, who had undergone gastric bypass for weight loss. They also completed the Brief Sexual Inventory (BSI) pre- and post-operation. Researchers from Boston and Philadelphia Universities conducted the study.

BSI scores improved in all categories, including sexual drive, erectile function, ejaculatory function, problem assessment and sexual satisfaction.

“This study shows that weight loss and other risk factors which are alleviated by weight loss may be keys to restoring sexual function,” said Anthony Y. Smith, M.D. “These results give men another reason to improve their health by losing weight.”

These findings are to be presented at the 103rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA).

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