There are several different bariatric surgery procedures, but the two general ways in which they work are restriction and malabsorption:
Restriction limits the amount of food you can eat. Whether it is a gastric banding device around the stomach or a surgically-created, smaller stomach pouch, restriction ensures that the patient feels satisfied with less food.
Malabsorption limits the number of calories and nutrients your body can absorb. During malabsorptive procedures, the surgeon reroutes the small intestine so that fewer calories and nutrients are absorbed.
Commonly performed bariatric procedures include:
Learn more about the different bariatric surgery procedures. Only you and your surgeon can decide if surgery is right for you.