Bariatric surgery for morbid obesity: why, who, when, how, where, and then what?

Cleve Clin J Med. 2002 Nov;69(11):897-903. doi: 10.3949/ccjm.69.11.897.


Bariatric surgery is not a cure, but it can take weight off and keep it off, improve most obesity-related conditions, reduce the risk of premature death, and improve quality of life. Given the interest in the procedure, primary care physicians need to understand the risks and benefits to help patients determine if this therapy is a good option, and they need to know the health changes that may occur after surgery when following these patients.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Contraindications
  • Digestive System Surgical Procedures / adverse effects
  • Digestive System Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy
  • Metabolic Diseases / etiology
  • Nutrition Disorders / etiology
  • Obesity, Morbid / surgery*
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Patient Selection
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Weight Loss / physiology