Bariatric Surgery is Weight
Bariatric surgery is the formal medical name
for weight loss surgery. The word "bariatric"
comes from the Greek word "baros" meaning
weight and "iatros" meaning physician. Bariatric
surgery is not cosmetic surgery! It is not liposuction!
Bariatric surgery changes your digestive system so that
your body takes in fewer calories. This changes your
body's energy balance so that you eat fewer calories
than you burn, resulting in gradual, long-lasting weight
How Does Bariatric
Weight loss operations work to help you lose
weight in 3 ways:
Restriction: The functional size
of the stomach is reduced. This helps you to feel
full after eating a smaller meal.
Decreased Absorption: The gastric
bypass and the biliopancreatic
diversion-duodenal switch (BPD-DS) both bypass
some of the intestine. This limits the body's absorption
- Decreasing Hunger: Your stomach
makes a hunger-causing hormones called ghrelin (pronounced
"greh-lin"). Bariatric surgery may decrease
the amount of ghrelin that your stomach produces.
The result? You feel less hungry!
Surgery for Obesity: One
Size Does Not Fit All!
The operation that works best for one person
may not be the best for someone else. This is why it
is necessary to speak with a bariatric surgeon to identify
which operation is best for you.
Q. How do I know which operation
is best for me?
A. Your surgeon will discuss the health benefits
and risks of each individual procedure. Together,
you will make the decision about which operation
will help you to meet your weight loss goals safely