Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is an operation on the stomach and/or intestines that helps patients lose weight who are extremely obese. This surgery is an option for people who cannot lose weight by “traditional methods”, and/or those who suffer from serious health problems related to obesity. The surgery restricts food intake, which promotes weight loss and reduces the risk of a variety of health problems, including type 2 diabetes. Studies suggest that bariatric surgery may even lower death rates for patients with severe obesity. The best results occur when patients follow surgery with healthy eating patterns and regular exercise.

Many people who have the surgery lose weight quickly, but regain some weight later on. As long as diet and exercise recommendations are followed, most of the weight can be kept off. Medical follow ups will be required for the rest of the patient’s life.

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