Is there a surgical operation for treatment of
Yes. That's true.
Although taken as the last resort, there
are many surgeries available for treatment of morbid obesity.
The criteria for operating are defined by the surgeon. Generally
speaking, if the obesity is posing a risk to the person's
life, a qualified surgeon may take the initiative to make
such a surgery when other methods fail.
Leaving aside the technical details, the operation
is a method by which ingested food bypasses the stomach so that
the digestion is not complete. Thus, over a period of time, there
is weight loss (sometimes upto half of the original weight!).
The surgical complications are:
- Infections (as in all surgeries)
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Annoying abdominal pain
- Surgical suture disruption
- Gastrointestinal ulcers
- Other chronic complications needing further
surgery for correction.