Is bariatric surgery an effective treatment for obesity?

Updated: Jun 09, 2021
  • Author: Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Surgical therapy for obesity (bariatric surgery) is the only available therapeutic modality associated with clinically significant and relatively sustained weight loss in subjects with morbid obesity associated with comorbidities. Evidence shows that well-performed bariatric surgery, in carefully selected patients and with a good multidisciplinary support team, substantially ameliorates the morbidities associated with severe obesity.

Although bariatric surgery is the only therapeutic method associated with significant and rapid weight loss, it is expensive, highly procedure and surgeon specific, and certainly not the solution for the burgeoning obesity epidemic. Patient selection for bariatric procedures must be addressed along the same stringent lines as those discussed earlier for the selection of patients for medical weight-management programs.


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