Bariatric Surgery

Last Updated: June 30, 2019

Definition - What does Bariatric Surgery mean?

Bariatric surgery refers to a variety of weight loss operations available to severely obese individuals who fit the criteria of exceeding their average weight size (100 pounds or more), serving as a viable method in curbing the obesity epidemic. Gastric bypass surgery is one modality that involves diverting the stomach to connect with the lower intestine, averting the duodenum where digestion occurs, contributing to the metabolic breakdown and absorption of calories from ingested food.

WorkplaceTesting explains Bariatric Surgery

Because of the upswell of obesity, bariatric surgery continues to gain traction since medical evidence indicates that traditional dieting remains difficult for many obese people. However, a misconception exists that bariatric surgery is a substitute for following a nutritional diet and regular exercise plan when, in fact, leading a healthy lifestyle is a primary component in maintaining a normal weight during post-operative care. Many people experience both personal and social complications after bariatric surgery because, in many cases, food serves as the comfort for emotional disturbances and also as a vehicle for interactive engagements.

Bariatric surgery requires that individuals monitor their caloric intake by eating healthy foods that contain sufficient minerals, nutrients, and vitamins coupled with reducing unhealthy options that can lead to gastrointestinal problems. Obesity carries etiological implications that can affect the longevity of life including arthritis, diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and sleep apnea. Consequently, individuals can benefit from bariatric surgery while maintaining a resolution to make the transition to healthy behavior where good dietary habits and consistent physical activity are crucial issues to consider.

In the workplace, employers face economic constraints where an obese workforce undercuts job performance due to compromised health, causing productivity setbacks. However, many insurance companies provide coverage for bariatric surgery, as obesity has detrimental health repercussions. Companies can help establish a culture of health and fitness that can provide an incentive for employees to follow suit.

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