Morbid obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Unfortunately, medical interventions have been largely ineffective in this growing population. Currently bariatric surgery is the most effective intervention in managing morbid obesity and its comorbidities. As more patients become eligible for and pursue weight reduction surgery, it becomes important for the clinician to possess a thorough understanding of the different procedures available and the management of patients before, during, and after these surgeries. Significant weight loss and improvement in weight-related comorbidities are possible, with the best results available to the well-informed patient whose care is provided by a dedicated multidisciplinary team.