Primary Care Perspective on Bariatric Surgery

Presutti, R. John; Gorman, R. Scorr; Swain, James M.
September 2004
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;Sep2004, Vol. 79 Issue 9, p1158
Academic Journal
The article discusses primary care perspective on bariatric surgery. This surgery is a safe, appropriate, and accepted treatment for morbid obesity when other methods have failed. Primary care providers should be aware of the indications for the procedure so that they can both counsel patients and make appropriate referrals. Although pharmacological agents to treat obesity are being developed, bariatric procedures will continue to be used at least in the near future as a treatment of morbid obesity. Because such patients require lifetime follow-up, primary care physicians play an integral part in the bariatric team.


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