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Weight Management and Obesity by Courtney Winston Paolicelli

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Chapter 11

Weight Loss Intervention: Weight Loss Surgery

In some cases, it may be appropriate for a patient to undergo weight loss, or bariatric, surgery in order to achieve a more desirable body weight. In the United States, ~193,000 weight loss surgeries were performed in 2014 alone (American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery 2015), a number that has been on the rise over the years. In this chapter, the indications for weight loss surgery and the pre- and postoperative nutritional management of these surgical patients will be explored, and four types of weight loss surgery will be discussed.

Surgical Criteria

Patients seeking weight loss surgery should meet specific criteria before undergoing a procedure. Adult patients should meet ...

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