What is Weight Loss Surgery?

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Jul 05, 2011

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What is Weight Loss Surgery

We are yet to discover the magic pill for weight loss; until then, those morbidly obese need other weight loss options. One such option is the weight loss surgery or bariatric surgery.


 [Read: Cons of Bariatric Surgery]



 Weight loss surgery or bariatric surgery helps obese people lose significant amount of weight more than what is possible with diet changes and exercise. Weight loss post bariatric surgery can significantly improve obesity-related health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, snoring, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and high blood cholesterol. But remember that a weight loss surgery is not the permanent fix or cure. After the surgery, you will have to follow a healthful diet and regular exercise to maintain the benefits.


Potential Bariatric Surgery Candidates


If you want to lose only a few pounds, weight loss surgery is not for you. Experts say that only those people who weigh about 100 pounds, who have a body mass index higher than 40 or who have weight-related health problems, such as diabetes or high blood pressure are considered potential candidates for bariatric surgery.


Besides your weight, factors such as medical fitness and psychological willingness to adapt to new eating and exercising habits after the surgery are also looked at. Do not consider a weight loss surgery as a magic key that will solve all your problems. You have to be ready to pick up lifestyle changes if you want to avoid complications and have lasting results.


[Read: Benefits of Bariatric Surgery]



"Most importantly bariatic surgery is a costly procedure".


Bariatric surgery (surgery for weight loss) is the most efficient and long lasting solution for excessive weight compared with any other treatment in patients with a BMI over 40. (NIH consensus statement 1992)


These are also called ‘minimal invasive laparoscopic surgeries’. Also known as keyhole surgery, it involves making 1 cm holes into the abdomen. A camera along with special instruments are passed through these holes and the operation is then performed by watching the image on a monitor.


[Read: Risks of Weight Loss Surgery]



It is a highly specialised branch of medicine which deals with the causes, symptoms and treatment of obesity. It is a safe and an effective form of treatment for morbid obesity problems. It is carried out by highly trained and well experienced surgeons.




One will have to consider these surgical option for reducing weight to avoid its ill-effects.

  • That your BMI is over 40 (morbid obesity).
  • That your BMI is 35 or higher and you have a serious medical problem (hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, joint problems) made worse by obesity.
  • If you have been unable to reduce weight or maintain weight under medically supervised program.
  • You have been obese for at least 5 years.


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