Is there anything new or improved in bariatric surgery to help with my weight loss?

Metabolism is a lot more complex than we once thought. Bariatric surgery is not simply cutting out the stomach and making it smaller or just rerouting it. In fact, the medical and surgical community refers to these operations as metabolic surgery because surgery effectively treats many of the medical problems related to weight gain.

Scientists have isolated dozens of hormones involved in metabolism. In reality, there may be hundreds of hormones involved in regulating hunger and metabolism. Everything, including medications and surgery, involves risk. No magic pill for weight loss without major serious side effects currently exists.

Medications and endoscopic procedures are more likely to be useful as a bridge to lose weight for patients with extremely high BMIs or patients who are no longer good candidates for surgery because of advanced age and medical problems. Some endoscopic procedures are currently being researched.

An earlier permanent solution is the safest and most effective way to minimize the damaging wear and tear on our bodies. Nothing has been studied and scrutinized as much as bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery remains the best tool for weight loss and for eliminating problems associated with weight gain because of its long-proven safety and effectiveness.

Michael J. Lee, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Lee Bariatric & Metabolic Institute

Austin Bariatric Surgery