Obesity Treatment Procedures

Overview

Being obese carries a lot of risk for developing serious and long-term health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and cancer. However, weight loss through diet and exercise can be difficult or even impossible for many people, due to existing health conditions, medications, or emotional and socioeconomic reasons.

Fortunately, a range of obesity treatment procedures are available, which have helped countless people lose weight and live healthier, longer lives. The least invasive of these treatment options involve working with therapists for intensive behavioral therapy or medical nutrition therapy to overcome eating and weight loss challenges through goal setting, education and monitored dietary changes.

For patients with a body mass index (BMI) over 40, the health care team may recommend an obesity treatment known as bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery. Bariatric surgeries work to either restrict the amount of food intake, limit food absorption in the small intestine, or a combination of the two. 

With bariatric surgery, significant weight loss often occurs quickly, leaving excess skin that can be uncomfortable and affect self-image. Patients may wish to discuss their options for body contouring (plastic surgery) procedures after weight loss surgery.

Tests, Treatments and Therapies