Two out of every three U.S. adults struggle with a serious weight problem. If you’re one of them, there’s hope for
a healthier life.

What is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery, also called weight loss surgery, helps obese patients lose weight through two primary techniques:

  • Limiting food intake
  • Limiting calorie absorption

Most often, bariatric surgery decreases the stomach’s size or capacity, limiting the amount of food they can comfortably eat. By feeling full sooner, many patients experience significant weight loss.

Bariatric surgery is a serious procedure that requires lifelong changes in how you eat, as well as an ongoing dedication to healthy diet and physical activity. With a commitment to treatment and long-term follow-up care, bariatric surgery can help you rediscover better health.

Questions to ask prior to surgery.

A bariatric surgery consultation also provides an opportunity for you to learn more about the procedure and how you can expect to feel, physically and emotionally, after the surgery. Prior to the consultation, you may want to make a list of questions to ask your surgeon, such as:
  • Which type of bariatric surgery is best for me (gastric bypass, Lap-Band or gastric sleeve resection)?
  • What is the recovery time for weight loss surgery?
  • What are my dietary guidelines after surgery?
  • How will my health improve after surgery?
  • How much weight can I expect to lose as a result of surgery?
  • Will I need to have plastic surgery after bariatric surgery, and if so, which procedures