Surgery for Metabolic Syndrome
by Diane Safer, PhD and Deanna M. Neff, MPH
Weight loss is very important in preventing or managing metabolic syndrome. Before surgery is considered, lifestyle changes, dietary changes, and medicines are often recommended.
Bariatric surgery is considered if a person:
There are several types of bariatric surgery options that can help you lose weight if you are obese and meet the other criteria:
Outcomes have been favorable for all of these surgery options in the majority of patients. The surgery can result in:
Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of bariatric surgery. The most important risk is vitamin and mineral deficiency and should be carefully monitored. Most patients should be taking a vitamin and mineral supplement.
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Last reviewed February 2013 by Brian Randall, MD
Last Updated: 2/22/2013
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