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About Surgery

Weight-loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, can help you become healthier and live a longer, more fulfilling life. Success requires permanent lifestyle changes and long-term, follow-up care. Bariatric surgery works by either altering the amount of food you eat, changing  the way your body absorbs nutrients or both.

Because bariatric surgery limits the nutrients you can consume, patients are at risk for vitamin and mineral deficiencies if they do not include dietary and nutritional supplements in their daily routine.

Surgery of any kind is serious and involves a measure of risk. You should consider the benefits, risks, your expectations and possible complications of weight-loss surgery and discuss these topics with your physician and your family before deciding whether a surgical solution is best for you. But surgery has been shown to not onl improve patients quality of life but also their life expectancy.

It’s important to understand what bariatric surgery is not:

  • Weight-loss surgery is not cosmetic surgery
  • Weight-loss surgery does not involve body contouring or the removal of adipose tissue (fat) by suction or excision
  • Although reverisble, weight-loss surgical procedures generally are not reversed after weight loss.  
  • The success of weight-loss surgery is dependent upon the patient making long-term lifestyle changes  
  • Weight-loss surgery is not a replacement for portion control or exercise.

How will weight loss surgery change my life?

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