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Surgical weight loss, also called bariatric surgery, refers to a number of procedures that can help morbidly obese individuals lose weight. These procedures have received a lot of attention in the media in recent years. This guide will help answer some of your questions about this type of surgery, including a discussion about who may be eligible.
Surgery can help reduce important health risks in obese individuals. However, the surgery itself has risks and should not be undertaken lightly. Before considering surgery, you should work with your physician to make lifestyle changes to lose weight. These include changes to your diet, eating habits, and level of physical activity. If these measures are not sufficient and you decide to have surgery, you still need to make lifestyle changes to help you lose the weight all and keep it off.
Reviewed By: Jonas P. DeMuro, MD, specializing in Laproscopic and Obesity Surgery, Winthrop Surgical Associates, Mineola, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Previously reviewed by John Meilahn, MD, FACS, Director, Bariatric Surgery, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network (10/31/2008).