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Surgery for weight loss

<p>Jazmine Raygoza (R) poses with her mother Veronica in Denver two days before her Lap-Band surgery June 18, 2011. After trying multiple diets and exercise, Jazmine, 17, decided on the Lap-Band treatment with the encouragement of her mother, who recently had a gastric bypass herself. About 17 percent of American kids and teens are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Jazmine Raygoza (R) poses with her mother Veronica in Denver two days before her Lap-Band surgery June 18, 2011. After trying multiple diets and exercise, Jazmine, 17, decided on the Lap-Band treatment with the encouragement of her mother, who...more

Jazmine Raygoza (R) poses with her mother Veronica in Denver two days before her Lap-Band surgery June 18, 2011. After trying multiple diets and exercise, Jazmine, 17, decided on the Lap-Band treatment with the encouragement of her mother, who recently had a gastric bypass herself. About 17 percent of American kids and teens are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Jazmine Raygoza thinks about an art project at her home in Denver, two days before her Lap-Band surgery June 18, 2011.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Jazmine Raygoza thinks about an art project at her home in Denver, two days before her Lap-Band surgery June 18, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jazmine Raygoza thinks about an art project at her home in Denver, two days before her Lap-Band surgery June 18, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Jazmine Raygoza goes through a psychological evaluation with Clinical Psychologist Susan Belyea (L) at home in Denver April 25, 2011 as part of procedures for Jazmine to be approved for bariatric surgery. Jazmine's mother, just home from gastric bypass surgery listens (R, reflected in mirror).  REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Jazmine Raygoza goes through a psychological evaluation with Clinical Psychologist Susan Belyea (L) at home in Denver April 25, 2011 as part of procedures for Jazmine to be approved for bariatric surgery. Jazmine's mother, just home from gastric...more

Jazmine Raygoza goes through a psychological evaluation with Clinical Psychologist Susan Belyea (L) at home in Denver April 25, 2011 as part of procedures for Jazmine to be approved for bariatric surgery. Jazmine's mother, just home from gastric bypass surgery listens (R, reflected in mirror). REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Jazmine Raygoza (R), 17, walks with her mother Veronica (L) and sister Jocelyne, 15, after shopping for father's day gifts in Denver June 18, 2011 two days before Jazmine's Lap-Band surgery.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

Jazmine Raygoza (R), 17, walks with her mother Veronica (L) and sister Jocelyne, 15, after shopping for father's day gifts in Denver June 18, 2011 two days before Jazmine's Lap-Band surgery. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jazmine Raygoza (R), 17, walks with her mother Veronica (L) and sister Jocelyne, 15, after shopping for father's day gifts in Denver June 18, 2011 two days before Jazmine's Lap-Band surgery. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Veronica Raygoza looks at rings as she shops for a father's day gift for her husband two months after having gastric bypass surgery in Denver June 18, 2011.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Veronica Raygoza looks at rings as she shops for a father's day gift for her husband two months after having gastric bypass surgery in Denver June 18, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Veronica Raygoza looks at rings as she shops for a father's day gift for her husband two months after having gastric bypass surgery in Denver June 18, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Jazmine Raygoza (L) shops for father's day gifts with her mother Veronica in Denver June 18, 2011 two days before Jazmine's Lap-Band surgery.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Jazmine Raygoza (L) shops for father's day gifts with her mother Veronica in Denver June 18, 2011 two days before Jazmine's Lap-Band surgery. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jazmine Raygoza (L) shops for father's day gifts with her mother Veronica in Denver June 18, 2011 two days before Jazmine's Lap-Band surgery. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Jazmine Raygoza walks through the kitchen of her home in Denver June 18, 2011, two days before her gastric banding operation. REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

Jazmine Raygoza walks through the kitchen of her home in Denver June 18, 2011, two days before her gastric banding operation. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jazmine Raygoza walks through the kitchen of her home in Denver June 18, 2011, two days before her gastric banding operation. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Jazmine Raygoza (L) enjoys bacon-wrapped hot dogs at a Father's Day barbeque at her home in Denver June 18, 2011 two days before her Lap-Band surgery.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Jazmine Raygoza (L) enjoys bacon-wrapped hot dogs at a Father's Day barbeque at her home in Denver June 18, 2011 two days before her Lap-Band surgery. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jazmine Raygoza (L) enjoys bacon-wrapped hot dogs at a Father's Day barbeque at her home in Denver June 18, 2011 two days before her Lap-Band surgery. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Jazmine Raygoza prepares for a father's day barbeque at her home in Denver June 18, 2011 two days before her Lap-Band surgery.   REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Jazmine Raygoza prepares for a father's day barbeque at her home in Denver June 18, 2011 two days before her Lap-Band surgery. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jazmine Raygoza prepares for a father's day barbeque at her home in Denver June 18, 2011 two days before her Lap-Band surgery. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Jazmine Raygoza (L) talks to her sister Jocelyne as she prepares art supplies in her room in Denver June 18, 2011 two days before Jazmine's Lap-Band surgery.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Jazmine Raygoza (L) talks to her sister Jocelyne as she prepares art supplies in her room in Denver June 18, 2011 two days before Jazmine's Lap-Band surgery. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jazmine Raygoza (L) talks to her sister Jocelyne as she prepares art supplies in her room in Denver June 18, 2011 two days before Jazmine's Lap-Band surgery. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Jazmine Raygoza blows into an incentive spirometer at her home in Denver June 18, 2011 to prepare for her Lap-Band surgery in two days. REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Jazmine Raygoza blows into an incentive spirometer at her home in Denver June 18, 2011 to prepare for her Lap-Band surgery in two days. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jazmine Raygoza blows into an incentive spirometer at her home in Denver June 18, 2011 to prepare for her Lap-Band surgery in two days. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Jazmine Raygoza goes out her front door in Denver June 18, 2011 two days before having Lap-Band surgery. After trying multiple diets and exercise, Jazmine, 17, decided on the Lap-Band treatment with the encouragement of her mother, who recently had a gastric bypass herself. REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Jazmine Raygoza goes out her front door in Denver June 18, 2011 two days before having Lap-Band surgery. After trying multiple diets and exercise, Jazmine, 17, decided on the Lap-Band treatment with the encouragement of her mother, who recently had a...more

Jazmine Raygoza goes out her front door in Denver June 18, 2011 two days before having Lap-Band surgery. After trying multiple diets and exercise, Jazmine, 17, decided on the Lap-Band treatment with the encouragement of her mother, who recently had a gastric bypass herself. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Jazmine Raygoza (C) answers questions from Pre-Op R.N. Matthew Motten (R) as her mother Veronica (L) listens just before Jazmine's Lap-Band surgery at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011.   REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Jazmine Raygoza (C) answers questions from Pre-Op R.N. Matthew Motten (R) as her mother Veronica (L) listens just before Jazmine's Lap-Band surgery at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jazmine Raygoza (C) answers questions from Pre-Op R.N. Matthew Motten (R) as her mother Veronica (L) listens just before Jazmine's Lap-Band surgery at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Jazmine Raygoza (C) shows her arm to her mother Veronica (L) as Pre-Op R.N. Matthew Motten probes for a vein to start an I.V. just before Jazmine's Lap-Band surgery at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011.   REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Jazmine Raygoza (C) shows her arm to her mother Veronica (L) as Pre-Op R.N. Matthew Motten probes for a vein to start an I.V. just before Jazmine's Lap-Band surgery at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jazmine Raygoza (C) shows her arm to her mother Veronica (L) as Pre-Op R.N. Matthew Motten probes for a vein to start an I.V. just before Jazmine's Lap-Band surgery at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Jazmine Raygoza laughs with her surgeon Michael Snyder before her gastric banding operation at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

Jazmine Raygoza laughs with her surgeon Michael Snyder before her gastric banding operation at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jazmine Raygoza laughs with her surgeon Michael Snyder before her gastric banding operation at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Jazmine Raygoza (R) waits with her mother Veronica at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011 just before Jazmine's Lap-Band surgery.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Jazmine Raygoza (R) waits with her mother Veronica at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011 just before Jazmine's Lap-Band surgery. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jazmine Raygoza (R) waits with her mother Veronica at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011 just before Jazmine's Lap-Band surgery. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Jazmine Raygoza is wheeled into an operating room by registered nurse Russel Hutchinson and surgeon Michael Snyder (R) for her gastric banding operation at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Jazmine Raygoza is wheeled into an operating room by registered nurse Russel Hutchinson and surgeon Michael Snyder (R) for her gastric banding operation at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jazmine Raygoza is wheeled into an operating room by registered nurse Russel Hutchinson and surgeon Michael Snyder (R) for her gastric banding operation at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Jazmine Raygoza is prepared for Lap-Band surgery by anesthesiologist Dr. Andrea Grilli (C) Surgical First Assistant Tony Covello (R) and Dr. Michael Snyder (L) at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Jazmine Raygoza is prepared for Lap-Band surgery by anesthesiologist Dr. Andrea Grilli (C) Surgical First Assistant Tony Covello (R) and Dr. Michael Snyder (L) at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jazmine Raygoza is prepared for Lap-Band surgery by anesthesiologist Dr. Andrea Grilli (C) Surgical First Assistant Tony Covello (R) and Dr. Michael Snyder (L) at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Doctors operate on Jazmine Raygoza at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Doctors operate on Jazmine Raygoza at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Doctors operate on Jazmine Raygoza at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Dr. Michael Snyder and First Surgical Assistant Tony Covello place a Lap-Band using laproscopic instruments inserted into the belly of Jazmine Raygoza at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Dr. Michael Snyder and First Surgical Assistant Tony Covello place a Lap-Band using laproscopic instruments inserted into the belly of Jazmine Raygoza at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Dr. Michael Snyder and First Surgical Assistant Tony Covello place a Lap-Band using laproscopic instruments inserted into the belly of Jazmine Raygoza at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Dr. Michael Snyder's instrument is seen on an operating room video screen as he prepares the Lap-Band (white circle at top) around the stomach of Jazmine Raygoza at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Dr. Michael Snyder's instrument is seen on an operating room video screen as he prepares the Lap-Band (white circle at top) around the stomach of Jazmine Raygoza at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Dr. Michael Snyder's instrument is seen on an operating room video screen as he prepares the Lap-Band (white circle at top) around the stomach of Jazmine Raygoza at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Surgeon Michael Snyder prepares the injection port for Jazmine Raygoza's Lap-Band during her gastric banding operation at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Surgeon Michael Snyder prepares the injection port for Jazmine Raygoza's Lap-Band during her gastric banding operation at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Surgeon Michael Snyder prepares the injection port for Jazmine Raygoza's Lap-Band during her gastric banding operation at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Jazmine Raygoza (C) starts to wake up in the hands of anesthesiologist Andrea Grilli (L) as Surgical First Assistant Tony Covello finishes up her gastric banding operation at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Jazmine Raygoza (C) starts to wake up in the hands of anesthesiologist Andrea Grilli (L) as Surgical First Assistant Tony Covello finishes up her gastric banding operation at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jazmine Raygoza (C) starts to wake up in the hands of anesthesiologist Andrea Grilli (L) as Surgical First Assistant Tony Covello finishes up her gastric banding operation at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Jazmine Raygoza (R) is tended to by registered nurse Mandie Biggs as her mother Veronica looks on after her gastric banding operation at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Jazmine Raygoza (R) is tended to by registered nurse Mandie Biggs as her mother Veronica looks on after her gastric banding operation at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jazmine Raygoza (R) is tended to by registered nurse Mandie Biggs as her mother Veronica looks on after her gastric banding operation at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Jazmine Raygoza has her temperature taken as she recovers at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Jazmine Raygoza has her temperature taken as she recovers at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jazmine Raygoza has her temperature taken as she recovers at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Jazmine Raygoza talks to her mother Veronica (L) after Jazmine's Lap-Band surgery at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011.   REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Jazmine Raygoza talks to her mother Veronica (L) after Jazmine's Lap-Band surgery at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jazmine Raygoza talks to her mother Veronica (L) after Jazmine's Lap-Band surgery at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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