Information About Bariatric Surgery

What is bariatric surgery?

Weight loss surgery can help you reach your goal of a healthy, enjoyable life. It is important to understand obesity when thinking bariatric surgery. The reasons for obesity are complex. It is much more than just overeating or an unhealthy diet.

Many Factors Contribute to Obesity

  • Genetics
  • Environmental factors
  • Metabolism

As with any surgery, there are complications and risks associated with surgical weight loss procedures. The most commonly performed bariatric surgeries done at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics are laparoscopic roux-en-y bypass (LRYGB) and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG).

Can anyone get bariatric surgery?

Not everyone qualifies for bariatric surgery. In order to be considered a candidate for surgery, you must have BMI greater than or equal to 35 with one or more significant obesity-related condition(s).

Some Obesity-Related Conditions

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis

The amount of weight a patient will lose is dependent on many outside factors like their age and overall health. Bariatric surgery often helps eliminate many of the medical problems that accompany obesity.