Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) Works
to the American Heart Association bariatric surgery is the only
treatment that has been proven to work long-term for severely
Other published scientific reports document that non-operative
methods alone have not been effective in achieving a significant
long-term weight loss in severely obese adults. Repeated studies have
proven that the majority of patients relying solely on diets will
re-gain all the weight lost within five years. And studies have also
shown that dietary weight loss attempts by the morbidly obese often
cause depression, anxiety, irritability, weakness and an even greater
preoccupation with food.
The treatment goal for severe obesity must be to reduce life
threatening co-morbidities and improve the overall quality of life.
Temporary fluctuations of body weight from calorie restricted diets
should be avoided. Prevention of secondary complications of morbid
obesity is an important goal of weight management.
The option of surgical treatment is a rational one supported by the
time honored principle that diseases which harm call for therapeutic
intervention (surgery) that, while vigorous, is less harmful than the
disease being treated.
Bariatric surgery is not a cosmetic procedure. Surgical treatment
of severe obesity does not involve the removal of adipose fat by
suction or excision. Bariatric surgery involves reducing the size of
the stomach. Patients who have bariatric surgery change their eating
habits dramatically and immediately. You immediately begin to eat
small amounts slowly and chew each mouthful well.
For the past 30 years bariatric surgery has been tested and
improved. It is now standardized with clearly defined procedures with
well-recognized and documented outcome results.
Link to American
Society for Bariatric Surgery