Choosing bariatric surgery as a weight loss option, as opposed to diet or other medical weight loss solutions, is a major decision. However, it may be the option you should pursue to better your quality of life and health.
Bariatric surgery is currently the best treatment option for producing lasting weight loss in obese patients for whom nonsurgical methods of weight loss have not been effective. If you have struggled to lose weight and keep it off in the past, bariatric surgery may be your next step.
Surgery may also be an option for those with clinically severe obesity. Clinically severe obesity is a serious problem because it is associated with many health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heartburn, gallstones, arthritis, urinary stress incontinence, fertility problems and cancer. Bariatric surgery may be the solution if you have other health problems in addition to being overweight.
As with any health consideration, you should discuss these risks and benefits with your doctor. In general, studies show that the benefits of bariatric surgery in the properly selected patient include obvious weight loss as well as:
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