What is bariatric surgery?
Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, is a type of surgery to help you lose weight. Weight loss surgery is an effective and long-lasting treatment for severe obesity and many related medical conditions. It is a choice for some people who are obese and have not been able to lose weight with other methods.
Your healthcare provider might discuss bariatric surgery with you if you are morbidly obese, or if you are obese and have a medical problem, such as diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, or osteoarthritis. Diabetes and certain other medical problems can improve with weight loss.
Before having weight loss surgery, you'll meet with a team of healthcare providers who will make sure the surgery is the best treatment for you. They will look at your general health, your mental and emotional health, and other factors.
Is bariatric surgery right for you?
According to clinical guidelines developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), weight loss surgery is reserved for those patients who need to lose a significant amount of weight and have tried other, non-surgical methods without long-term success.
Bariatric surgery may be an option for adults who have:
Having surgery to lose weight is a serious decision. If you are thinking about having bariatric surgery, you should know what’s involved. Your answers to the following questions may help you decide if surgery is an option for you:
Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
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