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,
all of these healthy habits must be maintained after the surgery as well.
- I. Introduction
- Step 1: Understanding morbid obesity
- Step 2: The health risks of obesity
- Step 3: Treatment overview
- Step 4: How weight loss surgery
- II. Surgical Options
- Step 5: Gastric bypass surgery
- Step 6: Vertical banded gastroplasty
- Step 7: Laparoscopic adjustable
- III. Post-Surgical Care
- Step 8: Nutrition
- Step 9: Exercise
- Step 10: Lifestyle changes
Review Date: 12/21/2006
Reviewed By: Alan Greene, M.D., F.A.A.P., Stanford University School of Medicine;
Chief Medical Officer, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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