It is well recognised that Australia has one of the highest prevalences of overweight and obesity in the developed world, and that this is the greatest contributing factor, along with ageing, to the chronic disease burden in our society.
Bariatric surgery is an effective method of weight loss for the treatment of morbid obesity. It is more effective when combined with nutritional care, which is sometimes complex, always ongoing and differs between surgical procedures.
Bariatric–metabolic surgery has emerged as an attractive option that offers significant and durable weight loss in the treatment of clinically severe obesity. Given the high prevalence of obesity, and growing numbers of bariatric–metabolic surgeries performed, primary care physicians increasingly encounter patients who have had, or are considering, bariatric–metabolic surgery.
Summary of Recommendations and Guidelines from the 2nd Diabetes Surgery Summit (DSS-II)