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How is morbid obesity treated surgically?

Surgical treatment of morbid obesity is intended to induce substantial, clinically significant weight loss that is sufficient to reduce obesity-related medical complications to acceptable levels. Options for bariatric (weight-loss) surgery include adjustable gastric banding, vertical sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass procedures.

When a person has a substantial amount of excess body weight, as well as complications from their obesity, a surgical option may be warranted. There are three procedures that may be presented by a bariatric surgical team: gastric lap-banding, gastric sleeve or a gastric bypass. A certified surgeon and bariatric team will assess a patient and decide which is the best option for them. The team should also include services by physcial therapy, nutrition and counseling to provide structure and support to the patient throughout their journey prior to and after surgery. This will assure a successful weight loss journey for the patient.

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