Choosing Weight Loss Surgery

Bariatric operations are major surgical procedures that involve some risk of serious complications, but they are considered the best treatment option for many morbidly obese patients for several reasons. First, the many health risks of morbid obesity itself often far outweigh the small chance of a negative surgical outcome. Secondly, bariatric surgery has been performed successfully on tens of thousands of patients over the past several decades, and standardization and safety procedures have done much to minimize the risks. Finally, today's best non-surgical treatment methods simply cannot offer anywhere near the consistent, long-term weight loss that are common with bariatric procedures.

Even so, most doctors recommend a bariatric procedure only following a history of failed attempts at weight loss using other methods, and when obesity is severe enough to warrant surgery (see “Am I qualified?” ) or is causing or complicating other serious health conditions. Even in these cases, surgery is not a “cure” or an easy solution—patients must commit to follow a long-term course of follow-up treatment, including exercise, counseling, and lifelong diet modification, to encourage a successful outcome.

When patients have a clear understanding of surgery's risks, requirements, and limitations as well as its many potential benefits, weight loss procedures can be an excellent way to help them live longer, healthier, and more satisfying lives. At Kettering Bariatrics, our goal is to provide the information, encouragement, and support you need to make the right decision regarding your health. We invite anyone considering weight loss surgery or struggling with morbid obesity—as well as their family and friends—to attend a free information session, visit our offices, or set up a personal consultation with one of our compassionate weight loss experts.