Surgical treatment of morbid obesity

Br J Surg. 1995 Jun;82(6):732-9. doi: 10.1002/bjs.1800820606.


Morbid obesity significantly reduces life span and is associated with much co-morbid pathology. Diet, behavioural therapy and drug therapy are largely unsuccessful. Surgical treatment offers the best hope. This review summarizes the rationale for treatment and the available surgical options.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Body Weight
  • Female
  • Gastric Bypass / methods
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy
  • Male
  • Obesity, Morbid / etiology
  • Obesity, Morbid / surgery*
  • Treatment Outcome