Bariatric surgery is a treatment for obesity that helps people manage their health and weight.
Why use bariatric surgery to manage obesity?
Obesity is a complex chronic disease. Bariatric surgery leads to better health and weight outcomes for people with obesity compared to changes in lifestyle or medicine treatments.
Your doctor may suggest bariatric surgery if:
- you have health problems that can improve with weight loss
- you have trouble losing enough weight, even after making lifestyle changes
- there are more benefits than risks for having the surgery
Although bariatric surgery is a good treatment for obesity, it’s not a cure. Bariatric surgery isn’t right for everyone with obesity. It’s only one way to treat obesity but it works best when used along with healthy lifestyle changes and other treatments.