Obesity in the United States is a problem, with more than one-third of American adults falling into the category. Opting for gastric bypass surgery is a popular choice for addressing the condition. Are these surgeries actually as effective and risk-free as they're made out to be?
Bariatric Surgeries Are Increasing
There are a number of different types of "bariatric surgery" used to achieve weight loss. They include:
- reducing the size of the stomach with a gastric band or by removing a portion of the stomach or
- cutting and re-routing the small intestine to a small stomach pouch (commonly referred to as "gastric bypass surgery").