Factors in selecting the optimal bariatric procedure for a specific patient and parameters by which to measure appropriate response to surgery

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Bariatric operations are increasingly being used to induce weight loss and ameliorate or cure most of the morbidities that accompany obesity. These procedures not only produce substantial weight loss (>50% body weight), but they cure or ameliorate the comorbidities (diabetes type 2, hypertension, sleep apnea, hyperlipidemia) in the vast majority of patients. These procedures can usually be performed laparoscopically with a mortality of less than 0.5% and a hospital stay of 1 to 3 days. Presently they are the only effective treatment for weight loss in the extremely obese patient (body mass index ≥ 35).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-303
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent gastroenterology reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2010



  • BMI
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Biliopancreatic diversion
  • Bilroth II anastomosis
  • Comorbidities
  • Diarrhea
  • Duodenal switch
  • Gastric bypass
  • Gastric pouch
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Jejuno-ileal bypass
  • Lap adjustable band
  • Malabsorptive procedures
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Obesity
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Restrictive procedures
  • Roux-en-Y
  • Short gut
  • Sleeve gastrectomy
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Vertical banded gastroplasty
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Weight loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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