Bariatric surgery helps obese
people lose weight and is used only after diet and exercise has not resulted in
long-term weight loss. The surgery makes the stomach area smaller, so it fills up
with less food. Sometimes surgery also changes digestion, so less food is absorbed.
After surgery, the person will not be able to eat very much at one
time and will get full quickly. Stomach pain, vomiting, or diarrhea may occur
if the person eats too much at one time or if the person eats foods that are
high in fat or sugar. Getting good nutrition is important, because less food can be eaten and in some cases less nutrition is absorbed from that food.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Ali Tavakkoli, FACS, FRCS, MD - General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
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