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Bariatric Surgery

About Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery today is the only effective therapy for morbid obesity, which has increased steadily over the past several decades. Bariatric surgical procedures can be divided fundamentally into restrictive procedures that limit caloric intake by downsizing the stomach's reservoir capacity and malabsorptive procedures that decrease the length of the small intestine. The 2 most common bariatric procedures performed worldwide are laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding and laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.