Bariatric Surgery

Definition - What does Bariatric Surgery mean?

Bariatric surgery, also known as gastric bypass surgery is an operation in which changes are made to limit the stomach’s ability to absorb nutrients, reduces the amount of food that can be held in the stomach or both. The surgery is typically performed with general anesthesia, but there are four general procedure methods.

TheConsultation explains Bariatric Surgery

This surgery is useful for patients who have had issues with a high body mass index (BMI) or are extremely obese. However, just meeting these qualifications does not mean that a patient will be an ideal candidate for bariatric surgery. Your surgeon will likely put a patient through an extensive screening process and participate in mental health and nutritional counseling. After the completion of the procedure, patients must undergo strict dietary restrictions and maintain a regimen of exercise. Successful bariatric surgery can lead to a reduced risk for several severe conditions including stroke, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, among others.

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