Bariatric surgery is a name that is used for several weight loss procedures. It is reserved for people who are morbidly obese, especially those who cannot lose weight through diet, exercise or other means. While there are risks involved with any surgery, the benefits of weight loss surgery far outweigh the potential risks. Medical travelers often seek bariatric surgery to restore health and quality of life.
Bariatric surgery is a term that describes different procedures: restrictive, malabsorptive and combination procedures. Sleeve gastrectomy and lap band surgery are examples of restrictive procedures. In malabsorptive procedures, surgeons re-route the small intestines. Gastric bypass surgery combines these procedures. Nearly 130 international hospitals offer bariatric surgery. These include medical centers in Mexico, India, Argentina, Thailand, central and eastern Europe and the United Arab Emirates.