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Bariatric Surgery for Weight Loss

Learn more about bariatric surgery for weight loss management.

Bariatric surgery is the most efficacious weight loss intervention in individuals with obesity but is only suitable for appropriate patients, i.e. those who have obesity-related complications and who have already tried lifestyle interventions unsuccessfully.

Most bariatric surgeries performed today involve minimally invasive techniques (laproscopic surgery). There are a number of different procedures including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric band and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch.

Bariatric surgery should be considered as part of a comprehensive treatment delivered by a multidisciplinary team including GPs, physicians, surgeons, dietitians and psychologists.

The potential benefits of surgery need to be assessed for each individual by suitably trained and experienced health professionals and balanced against their individual risk profile. In addition to risks associated with surgery, there is also the risk of developing micronutrient deficiencies post operatively and as such dietetic input is important in this area.
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