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A Surgical Method to treat Obesity
Also known as weight loss or metabolic surgery, bariatric surgery is a procedure that causes weight loss by mechanically restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold. Patients who choose to undergo this procedure get fuller faster, eating less food (and calories) in a day thus leading to weight loss. There are several methods by which the surgeon can utilize to achieve this result. The most common operative procedures are the gastric bypass, a sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric banding, gastric plication and using an intragastric balloon. Your surgeon will decide together with you which method is most suitable for your condition.
Who is it for?
You may benefit from bariatric surgery if you have been diagnosed with obesity (BMI > 30)** and are suffering from weight related health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnoea amongst others.
What are the risk associated with Bariatric Surgery
While these surgeries are major, life-changing procedures, it isn't for everyone. Like any surgery, it has significant risks and side effects. Specific risks related to the weight loss surgery included:
** repeated surgical procedures may be necessary
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