Learn about bariatric surgery, the different types of bariatric surgery, benefits and the different ways to do each bariatric surgery procedure in this page.
When it comes to the weight loss journey, obese people now have different options to avail for losing unwanted body fat from almost any body part. Known as bariatric surgery, weight loss treatments are minimally invasive but effective and equally safe methods of weight loss.
Bariatric surgery is more commonly known as weight loss surgery. It helps you to lose weight by making your stomach smaller. When your stomach is smaller, you are not able to eat as much food as before because you feel full more quickly with smaller amounts of food.
Laparoscopically: this means that small holes are made in your abdominal wall to put a camera and other tools through. Procedures done this way are less invasive and usually do not require as long of recovery times as open procedures. You will typically have 3-5 small cuts in your abdominal wall that will need to heal.
Endoscopically: operations are done endoscopically using a camera that is put down your throat and brought into your stomach. Other tools can be brought into your stomach in the same way. Typically, doctors do not have to make any cuts in your skin, so you will not have any incisions that need to heal after the procedure. You may have some throat irritation after.
Open: an open procedure is when you make a larger incision in the abdominal wall to be able to see the parts of the stomach that you need to see with your naked eye rather than a camera. This typically means larger incisions in the abdominal wall that will take longer to heal.
Severe and morbid obesity is a serious health condition affecting people's lifestyles. Obese individuals are at far greater risk of dying from obesity-related diseases, including
The combination of bariatric surgery with an effective treatment plan can help obese individuals with the following:
After undergoing bariatric surgery, obese people can improve their health and improve their life longevity.
Dr. Eva Shelton, M.D.
Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital