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Holiday meals are known for delicious dishes of turkey and dressing, ham, green beans, pumpkin pie and all the fixings, plus deserts. But for people who suffer from acid reflux or are on weight control diets, some of those foods may be off limits. Spicy, acidic and chocolate foods may trigger acid reflux, heartburn and regurgitation in people who suffer from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), while high carbs, sugar and fat can cause issues for people who are in a bariatric program. And overeating can be a serious problem for both, ranging from discomfort to disrupted sleep to requiring medical attention. Although GERD and bariatric patients’ food choices and serving sizes may be limited, that doesn’t mean they have to deprive themselves of the joy of cooking and eating with family and friends.

It's no surprise that weight loss is the primary goal for anyone undergoing bariatric surgery. But there are many other known bariatric surgery benefits, as well. In fact, these additional benefits—which can't be seen by stepping on a scale—can be life-changing and life-extending.

There are different types of weight loss surgery that all share the same goal —improve your overall health by reducing your weight—they just use different surgical techniques to help you achieve that goal. Once you and your doctor decide that you are a good candidate for bariatric surgery, the next step is to discuss the best weight loss surgery for you. Making an informed choice about which bariatric procedure will work for your body starts with understanding more about each weight loss procedure.

Weight loss surgery (also known as bariatric surgery) has become one of the most popular, safe, and effective types of treatment for severe obesity. But is weight loss surgery right for you? In this article, we provide a basic overview of what weight loss surgery is, who the ideal bariatric surgery candidate is, what the top weight loss surgery qualifications are, and what you should consider when deciding which type of weight loss procedure is the best fit for your goals and health needs.

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