Before Making the Decision

Join us on the transformative journey! Through Chronobari, Belt Nutrition provides a comprehensive source of information on bariatric surgery, from the initial consideration stages through to post-operative care. We recognize the importance of knowledge and are here to offer all the support needed for an informed and safe decision.


What is it?

Preparing for Bariatric Surgery

Before deciding on surgery, it's crucial to understand the benefits, challenges, and necessary lifestyle changes. You will be supported by a multidisciplinary team, including consultations and assessments from nutritionists.

Supplementation will also become a daily and lifelong commitment.

Since the surgery alters nutrient absorption, it will be necessary to replenish them through dietary supplements.

For patients who have a significant amount of weight to lose, reconstructive plastic surgery may be needed to remove excess skin.

Who is Eligible for Bariatric Surgery?

In the United States, the eligibility for bariatric surgery typically includes the following criteria:

  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or a BMI of 35 or higher with obesity-related health conditions, such as diabetes or hypertension.
  • Age 18 or older, though some exceptions may apply for younger patients with severe obesity.
  • A documented history of obesity-related health issues or a prolonged struggle with weight.
  • Completion of a medically supervised weight loss program, in some cases.

The Different Surgery Types

Types of Bariatric Surgery:

Bariatric surgeries differ by their mechanism of action. There are three basic procedures of bariatric and metabolic surgery, which can be performed through open surgery or laparoscopy.

Restrictive: These procedures decrease the amount of food that the stomach can hold.

Malabsorptive: These surgeries reduce the intestine's ability to absorb nutrients.


Minimally invasive and applicable to all surgical techniques. An endocamera is inserted into the abdomen through small incisions.


Also known as open surgery, an incision is made in the abdomen.


A procedure that has been gaining popularity in the U.S., robotic surgery is increasingly performed due to its precision and reduced recovery time.


Surgical Techniques:

Bariatric Care

Nutritional Follow-Up

The nutritionist plays a key role in monitoring the patient throughout their bariatric journey, offering vital support in clinical treatment, pre-operative evaluations, and post-operative care. They provide personalized nutritional plans tailored to each patient's needs, helping to manage dietary changes and ensure proper nutrient intake.

Nutritional re-education is crucial, extending beyond weight loss to encompass long-term weight management and overall health maintenance. It involves teaching patients about healthy food choices, portion control, and the importance of a balanced diet to prevent nutritional deficiencies and support a sustainable, healthy lifestyle after surgery.

Bariatric Surgery

Frequently Asked Questions

Bariatric Surgery FAQ Accordion

Bariatric surgery is an effective and safe procedure that combats obesity through different techniques. It can be restrictive, reducing stomach capacity; malabsorptive, reducing intestinal absorption; or a combination of both. These techniques can be performed via open surgery or laparoscopy.

Ideal candidates for bariatric surgery include those with a high BMI, certain comorbidities, and a prolonged history of obesity. Age and overall health are also considered in the evaluation.

The benefits of surgery include significant weight loss, remission or improvement of obesity-related diseases, reduced mortality risk, and improved quality of life. While the surgery is safe, risks may include complications such as infections, thromboembolism, fistulas, abscesses, and pneumonia.

The choice of bariatric surgery procedure is made in conjunction with the surgeon, based on the patient's health conditions and desired outcomes.

In the United States, the cost of bariatric surgery varies widely but generally ranges from $15,000 to $25,000. Most health insurance plans cover the procedure if it is medically necessary and the patient meets specific criteria, such as a high BMI and previous unsuccessful weight loss attempts.

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