About Bariatric Surgery
Also known as weight loss surgery
The term “bariatric” is derived from the Greek word “baros” which means “weight.” Bariatric surgery is intended to reduce weight.
Bariatric Surgery is a procedure performed on people who are dangerously obese, for the purpose of losing weight. This surgery is performed on the stomach and intestine causing a reduction of the patient’s food intake. It changes the anatomy of your digestive system to limit the amount of food you can eat and digest. Results from this obesity surgery are significant long-term weight loss, recovery from diabetes, improvement in cardiovascular risk factors, and a reduction in mortality. After this surgery, resuming your normal life will require changes in your lifestyle.
Although Bariatric surgery requires a short hospital stay of 1-2 days, it is a permanent procedure that requires a lifetime commitment to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Benefits of bariatric surgery are not limited to weight loss, but can help improve your overall health, well-being and self-esteem.
The National Institutes of Health recommend bariatric surgery for obese people with a BMI of at least 40, and for people with BMI 35 and serious coexisting medical conditions such as diabetes. Bariatric surgery is an excellent alternative for people who cannot lose significant weight through exercise and dieting and whose general health is compromised.
The team at Bariatric & Aesthetic Surgery Associates have performed hundreds of weight loss surgical procedures and bring the expertise you require to attain optimal success after your surgery.