An American healthcare expert has noted that obesity surgery is not a guaranteed cure for obesity and that patients must also make lifestyle changes if they want to achieve success.
Obesity (bariatric) surgery is regarded by experts as the most effective treatment for morbidly obese patients who have failed to maintain weight loss through diet and exercise.
However, according to Dr Carolyn Clancy, director of the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
in Maryland, patients need to change their eating habits in order to reap the benefits from obesity surgery.
Dr Clancy told Reuters Health
: "People who succeed and lose weight and keep it off eat very, very differently. Essentially, you've got to eat a whole lot less."
The expert also revealed that, as with any form of surgery, obesity surgery carried risks.
She noted: "I think it's really important for all people, women and men, to know about the risks and to be very clear about what they're getting into."