Importance of a Multidisciplinary Approach for Bariatric Surgery

  • Richard Thompson
  • Timothy M. FarrellEmail author


Bariatric surgery is a proven effective treatment for morbid obesity and its associated comorbidities, such as diabetes and hypertension. A multidisciplinary approach is essential to ensure maximum benefits that will last for the rest of the patient’s life and for prevention or treatment of complications. Besides the surgeon, the care team consists of the following providers: a primary care provider, a registered dietician, a clinical psychologist, and an exercise physiologist. Patients usually prepare for surgical treatment months before operation, assisted by a bariatric coordinator who helps guide them through the process. Data indicate that patients lose more excess weight and are less likely to regain weight when an intensive multidisciplinary approach is used.


Morbid obesity Bariatric surgery Center for weight loss Multidisciplinary approach Weight loss Physical therapy Diet 


Conflict of Interest

The authors have no conflict of interest to declare.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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