Should You Consider Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery for Patients?

Should You Consider Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery for Patients?

Clinical evidence supports bariatric surgery as the most sustainably effective treatment for people living with obesity.1,2 Bariatric surgery can lead to sustained weight loss that is often greater than with nonsurgical treatments.1-4  Bariatric surgery can also improve complications of obesity including type 2 diabetes, sleep disturbances, and osteoarthritis, and even increase life expectancy.2-8 Download information to discuss with your patient.

Clinical evidence supports bariatric surgery as the most sustainably effective treatment for people living with obesity.1,2 Bariatric surgery can lead to sustained weight loss that is often greater than with nonsurgical treatments.1-4  Bariatric surgery can also improve complications of obesity including type 2 diabetes, sleep disturbances, and osteoarthritis, and even increase life expectancy.2-8 Download information to discuss with your patient.

Discussing Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery with Your Patients

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Explain and Reassure

Explain to your patients the multifactorial nature of obesity, with influence from genetics and environment.10 Reassure your patients that their weight loss journey is unique and may consist of ups and downs, including weight regain that is a normal physiologic response after weight loss.2,11,12 Download information to discuss with your patient.

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Which Treatment Option?

Eligibility criteria for bariatric surgery considers patient BMI and complications, so remember to weigh your patients to calculate their BMI. Discussing their goals for weight loss and overall health (e.g. reducing complications) can help determine which treatment option is most appropriate.1 Download information to discuss with your patient.

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Resources and Support

Ethicon have created a patient website and downloadable resources providing plain-language information on the bariatric surgery journey, the different procedures, financial support, and real patient stories to help patients understand that bariatric surgery is a decision for life.

Public vs Private Pathways to Bariatric Surgery

It may surprise you to learn that <10% of all bariatric surgeries performed in Australia are performed in the public health system. Of over 700 public facilities, only 22 performed bariatric surgery in 2019.16 It is important that all HCPs advocate for more public funding, not just bariatric surgeons. 

Weight Loss Surgery Procedures Information