Overview of Bariatric Surgery

Apart from the traditional methods, there is another option for weight loss called bariatric surgery.

How does surgery work?

If we want to lose weight and keep it off, our body needs to stop fighting our efforts.

Surgery changes the messages that go from the stomach to the brain. This modifies the faulty mechanisms that were making the body accumulate more weight.

After surgery, the body stops fighting the efforts to lose weight. In fact, the body starts to send messages that decrease appetite, increase feelings of fullness, and cause the person to choose healthier foods. Surgery also increases metabolism so the body burns fat instead of storing it. All this leads to weight loss.1

Messages make things happen
Before Surgery

Mechanism with which surgery helps lose weight
After Surgery

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1.Kaplan LM, Seeley RJ, Harris JL. Bariatric surgery induces weight loss primarily by mechanical restriction and nutrient malabsorption. The Metabolic Applied Research Strategy Initiative Series. Bariatric Times. 2012;Suppl C:C8-C11