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 performed on people who are dangerously obese, for the purpose of losing weight. It changes the anatomy of your digestive system so that the amount of food you can eat and digest is limited.
The benefits of bariatric surgery are not limited to weight loss. It can help improve your overall health, well-being and self-esteem. In addition to weight loss, patients have experienced a reduction in diabetes risk, improvement in cardiovascular risk factors, and a reduction in mortality risk.
Although bariatric surgery requires a short hospital stay of 1-2 days, it requires a lifetime commitment to maintaining your health. 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.