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Bariatric Surgery

10:11 EST 24th November 2017 | BioPortfolio

Bariatric surgery, also called Weight loss surgery, is used as a last resort to treat people who are dangerously obese (carrying an abnormally excessive amount of body fat).  Bariatric surgery is used treat people with potentially life-threatening obesity when other treatments, such as lifestyle changes, haven't worked.

Potentially life-threatening obesity is defined as:

  • having a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above
  • having a BMI of 35 or above and
  • having another serious health condition that could be improved if you lose weight, such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure

The two most widely used types of weight loss surgery are:

  • gastric band, where a band is used to reduce the size of the stomach so a smaller amount of food is required to make you feel full
  • gastric bypass, where your digestive system is re-routed past most of your stomach so you digest less food and it takes much less food to make you feel full

Several other surgical techniques may be recommended in certain circumstances.

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