What is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, is a type of procedure performed on people who are obese, for the purpose of losing weight. ….

Bariatric surgery includes a variety of surgical procedures to reduce weight and maintain weight loss. These procedures may result in weight loss by either:

  • Reducing the size of the stomach to restrict the amount of food that can be eaten
  • Delaying digestion and absorption of food in the intestines
  • Causing a feeling of fullness and satisfaction due to either stimulation of nerves in the stomach or changes in hormones that control hunger

Most bariatric surgery is performed through small holes in the abdomen (known as ‘key hole surgery’ or laparoscopic surgery). Adjustable gastric banding is currently the most commonly performed procedure in Australia while in the USA, gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y bypass) is more common. A number of factors are considered when deciding on the most appropriate type of procedure for an individual. These include:

  • The amount of weight loss required
  • Current state of health and other medical conditions
  • Potential to reverse the procedure
  • Risks of the specific procedure and level of experience of the surgeon
  • Frequency of follow-up treatment required
  • Financial costs
  • Sufficient understanding of surgery and consequences of surgery
  • Current eating habits and commitment to change life style

We will be taking a look at a few topics on Bariatric Surgery including:

Are you a good candidate for Bariatric Surgery? – Even though polls show that over 90% of people are pleased with the results of Bariatric Surgery…

The Dangers of Obesity and how Bariatrics can help

Post Bariatric Procedures – Diets and Liquids

If you’ve got any comments or questions let me know!



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