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What is bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, is a medical procedure designed to help severely obese individuals lose weight by altering their digestive system.

Who is a candidate for bariatric surgery?

Candidates for bariatric surgery are usually individuals with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher (extreme obesity) or a BMI of 35-39.9 with obesity-related health conditions.

What are the different types of bariatric surgery?

There are various types of bariatric surgery, including gastric bypass, gastric sleeve (sleeve gastrectomy), gastric banding (lap band), and duodenal switch. Each procedure has its own approach and effects on weight loss.

How does bariatric surgery work?

Bariatric surgery works by either reducing the size of the stomach (restrictive surgery) or by changing the way the digestive system handles food (malabsorptive surgery). This results in reduced food intake and/or decreased calorie absorption, leading to weight loss.

How long is the recovery period after bariatric surgery?

Recovery time varies based on the type of surgery, but patients generally spend a few days in the hospital and need a few weeks to a few months for a complete recovery. It’s essential to follow post-operative instructions closely.

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