Bariatric procedures help with weight loss by restricting the amount of food able to be digested at one time and by causing malabsorption of nutrients. Many patients opt for a gastric bypass, an adjustable gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy or biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. There are both advantages and disadvantages to each of these.
With any procedure, it’s vital to continue follow-up care and adhere to strict dietary guidelines. Otherwise, patients can face serious complications from vitamin or protein deficiencies. Follow up care might include nutrition counselling or visits with a psychologist.