Bariatric surgery is a treatment for obesity that helps manage health and weight.
Why use bariatric surgery to manage obesity?
Obesity is a complex, long-lasting (chronic) disease. Bariatric surgery leads to better health and weight outcomes for people with obesity compared to changes in lifestyle or using medicines.
Your doctor may suggest bariatric surgery if:
- you have health problems that can get better with weight loss
- you have trouble losing enough weight, even after making lifestyle changes
- you have trouble keeping weight off
Bariatric surgery is a good treatment for obesity, but it’s not a cure, and it isn’t right for everyone.
Bariatric surgery is only one of the ways to treat obesity. It works best when it’s used along with healthy lifestyle changes and other treatments.