Bariatric surgery, based on the Greek word”baros,” meaning weight, is intended to reduce obesity by limiting the total amount of food calories a person can digest. Lap band) achieves this by reducing the size of the stomach size other operations (eg. In addition to lowering belly volume, they also lessen the length of the small gut. This creates a more permanent alteration of the digestive tract making it increasingly difficult for the individual to cheat.

How to Qualify For Bariatric Surgery?

According to the National Institutes of Health Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Assessment, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery eligibility only if: that you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40+ (approximately 100 pounds overweight), and also you suffer from severe weight-related health issues like hypertension, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease or severe sleep apnea.

Are You an Acceptable Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

Meeting the above criteria does not guarantee that your eligibility for weight-loss operation. Most bariatric clinics run a screening policy and only approve a candidate for bariatric surgery who is prepared to make appropriate long-term behavioral modifications, and committed to long-term (even lifelong) medical follow-up. 

Gastric banding is occasionally referred to as “restrictive operation.” That is because it works by restricting calorie intake only. During a gastric banding surgery, the surgeon shrinks the gut from melon to egg size utilizing individual staples, or a silicone ring. These procedures tend to be more easily reversible as they don’t fundamentally change the anatomy of the digestive tract. 

What Can You Eat After Bariatric Surgery?

As a candidate for bariatric surgery, you need to expect a drastic change in eating habits after your surgery. In general, because of the small size of your new stomach pouch, you may feel full after only a tiny quantity of food. Overeating or eating too quickly can cause extremely unpleasant nausea, also referred to as “dumping syndrome.”

What about the Problem of Loose Skin?

Throughout the 12-24 weeks after an active bariatric bypass or banding operation, you may lose as much as 50-80 percent of your excess weight. Because of this, you might create a significant number of loose skins. Additionally, as your weight loss may not occur evenly throughout your body, you may have problems with unsightly pockets of excess fat.


These operations might be performed using traditional “open” surgical techniques or minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques utilizing instruments connected to video monitors, who allow the physician to “see inside the individual without having to make large incisions.