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Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery encompasses a group of surgical procedures that are performed to reduce weight and resolve obesity-related medical conditions. Obesity is a disease that is a major public health concern, with more than one third of Americans being considered obese. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) that is ≥30 kg/m2. Although behavioral strategies for weight loss (e.g., diet and exercise changes) can result in weight loss of 5% to 10% of body weight, only a small percentage of patients are able to maintain weight loss long term. For individuals with clinically severe obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2 or BMI ≥ 35 kg/m2 with comorbid obesity-related medical conditions), bariatric surgeries are the most effective way to maintain weight loss long term and ...

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