Surgical Procedures for Obesity
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
People with severe obesity and weight-related health problems may need weight-loss surgery. It is not the first way obesity is treated. Diet, lifestyle changes, and counseling will be tried first. People who do have surgery will still need to make diet and lifestyle changes.
Surgery may be done using open surgery or using small incisions. The most common surgeries are:
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Last reviewed November 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
Last Updated: 2/9/2021
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