What Is Weight Loss Surgery?

Weight loss surgery is also known as bariatric or metabolic surgery. It is a constantly evolving field of surgery and requires specific surgical training in order to perform it and remain up to date with current research. Weight loss surgery works by restricting the amount of calorie/food intake, restricting the amount of calories absorbed, or a combination of both.

Traditionally, one required a minimum BMI of 35 to qualify for bariatric surgery. However research has shown that patients can benefit from bariatric surgery even with a BMI of less than 35. To calculate your BMI, click here.

All weight loss procedures require lifelong commitment in order to achieve the best results. You will also require regular monitoring with blood tests, including iron level, B12, folate and micronutrients.

Benefits of weight loss surgery include:

  • Increased lifespan and improvement of quality of life
  • Type 2 diabetes improvement or resolution
  • Improvement of cholesterol levels
  • Improvement of asthma
  • Reduced joint pain
  • Overall healthier lifestyle
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