“Bariatric surgery is much safer and much more regimented than it used to be,” says Dr. Michael A. Snyder of Denver Bariatrics. “The results are phenomenal in treating weight problems and the conditions that accompany them. Not treating weight issues aggressively if a patient has high blood pressure really means not fully treating the high blood pressure.”
Patients often feel frustrated because their doctors want them to try yet another diet. Some primary care doctors may not be giving bariatric surgery proper recognition and recommending it to their patients for consideration, Dr. Snyder says. That may be because they are basing their decision on out-of-date information.