What to know about weight loss surgeries

There are various weight loss surgeries available to people depending on their body mass index (BMI) and if they have certain medical conditons. There are benefits and risks to consider for each type of surgery, so it is important to discuss these with a medical professional.

What to know about weight loss surgeries

Approximately 1 in 3 American adults are overweight, while more than 2 in 5 people have obesity. Obesity-related conditions such as diabetes and stroke may lead to serious complications if left untreated.

A number of existing weight loss or bariatric surgeries may help with weight loss. The American Society for Metabolic and bariatric surgery (ASMBS) estimates 256,000 people in the United States underwent a weight-loss operation in 2019.

This article lists various weight loss surgeries, their advantages, potential drawbacks, and risks.