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Who Needs Bariatric Surgery
March 6, 2013

Bariatric surgery, aka weight loss surgery, sometimes called metabolic surgery, is becoming more common these days than where it was 10 years ago.  Bariatric surgery is done in 4 different ways but sleeve gastrectomy (where a slice of the stomach is removed to reduce its size) is being used more frequently now.  A shrunken stomach holds less food than a normal sized one.  So it goes without saying that food intake is much reduced and as a result, weight plummets down.

Bariatric surgery is performed on obese patients of BMI (Body Mass Index) more than 35.  More recently, doctors have observed that bariatric surgery where gastric bypass method is used, not only brings down excess weight but also reduces or reverses diabetes.  Somehow the pancreas seem to function effectively after the surgery and this brings down the blood glucose levels.  However, more cases need to be studied before it can be advised as a routine procedure for diabetic patients.

If your BMI is greater than 35, and your looking to lose weight and keep it off permanently, bariatric surgery can be one of the options.  There would be life-long dietary restrictions after bariatric surgery.  Think about it, discuss with your family members and speak with a bariatric surgeon before you decide to have a bariatric surgery.

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