4 Most Common Types of Weight-Loss Surgery

Find out about some weight-loss surgeries and if you are a candidate for one of them.

4 Most Common Types of Weight-Loss Surgery

If you’ve done your best to exercise regularly and stick to a healthy diet but still have a substantial amount of weight to lose, weight-loss surgery may be for you. Bariatric surgery is a catchall term for operations that limit stomach size and/or food absorption. If you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater, you could be a candidate.

A 2013 study in BMJ showed that surgery led to greater weight loss than nonsurgical fixes like diet, exercise, and weight loss medications. Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome were also more likely to go into remission. Click through to learn more about which type of weight-loss surgery may be right for you.


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Before Surgery: Preparation

To prep for surgery, candidates often undergo an evaluation to ensure that they understand the process, are mentally ready for the procedure, and are prepared to accept the dietary and lifestyle changes needed postsurgery to maintain weight loss. They must also have a support system in place to help them stay on track.

Most bariatric surgeons prescribe a high-protein liquid diet for one to two weeks before they operate. This jump-starts weight loss and reduces the size of the liver, allowing the surgeon to operate more easily.

How much will it cost? Weight-loss surgery runs between $20,000 and $25,000, on average.

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