The role of endoscopy in bariatric surgery

Best Pract Res Clin Gastroenterol. 2008;22(5):839-64. doi: 10.1016/j.bpg.2008.07.002.


Morbid obesity is a chronic disease of excess fat storage, characterised by premature death and obesity-associated co-morbidities. The results of the current non-surgical treatment to treat obesity are disappointing, but surgical approaches may achieve a durable and longstanding weight loss with resolution and improvement of co-morbidities. Gastrointestinal complaints and digestive complications may, however, increase and may require an actively involved gastroenterologist.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bariatric Surgery* / adverse effects
  • Bariatric Surgery* / methods
  • Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal*
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / etiology
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Obesity, Morbid / complications
  • Obesity, Morbid / pathology*
  • Obesity, Morbid / surgery*
  • Postoperative Care
  • Preoperative Care
  • Treatment Outcome