| Bariatric surgery is the technical
term for operations that are designed to help people
lose weight where diet and exercise alone have failed.
Surgical therapy has been shown to be effective
over both the short-term and long-term in achieving
weight loss. However, surgery should be considered
as part of an overall plan of weight management
– it is not an option for all people who are
overweight, and surgery alone without dietary or
lifestyle modifications may not be successful.
There are several bariatric procedures which
are currently performed to achieve rapid weight
loss. Each has its own risks and complications.
Although this should not be seen as a substitute
for a thorough conversation with a medical professional,
we have listed here some of the highlights for
various operations that you may hear of while
investigating obesity surgery.
BariatricNetwork.com is an online resource for those
interested in surgical weight-loss procedures such
as gastric bypass surgery and the lap band procedure.
Our directory (map above) can help you locate a
physician specializing in bariatric surgery. We
encourage you to use the free directory to locate
a surgical weight-loss specialist in your area.
Please email the bariatric specialist directly from
this website in order to get a quick response.