Bariatrics is a field of medicine encompassing the study of obesity, its causes, prevention, and treatment. Baros and iatrike are Greek roots meaning weight and treatment.
Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, describes surgical procedures performed specifically for the purpose of attempting to induce appetite control, weight loss, and long-term dietary modification.
Gastric is a term for anything pertaining to the stomach.
Obesity is a physical condition that results from excessive storage of fat in the body. Obesity has been defined as a weight more than 20% above what is considered normal according to the body mass index, which is calculated from an individual’s age, height, and weight. Current estimates place more than 35% of Americans in the obese category. The primary reason for alarm is that obesity increases an individual’s risk of developing a variety of life-threatening diseases. When obesity is clearly promoting life-threatening disease it is described as morbid obesity.
Revisional Surgery is a bariatric procedure performed to correct or modify a previous bariatric procedure.