The rapidly increasing problem of obesity brings a fresh focus on bariatric surgery. This new interest calls for a sound text covering the multiple and complex aspects of the effective, long-term treatment for obesity. Bariatric Surgery: A Primer for Your Medical Practice is a user-friendly, practical reference that provides all the necessary information the health care professional needs concerning patient selection and preoperative assessment, medical treatment of obesity, and options for surgical intervention. Also addressed are recommendations for dealing with complex postoperative care of the bariatric patient, including the problems that a patient may face immediately after surgery and long-term issues such as adjustments in lifestyle and health care management. Authorities on the multidisciplinary care of bariatric patients, Drs. Francis A. Farraye and R. Armour Forse, are joined by leading medical experts to review what is required of today's practicing physician who will manage the care of patients requiring surgery for their obesity. Some chapter topics include The medical management of obesity, Types of bariatric surgery, Medical management of the patient after bariatric surgery, Nutrition and prevention of nutritional deficiencies, Psychological support and consequences, Endoscopic and radiologic imaging of surgically-altered anatomy Inside the chapters of Bariatric Surgery many crucial elements of the procedure are concisely and logically covered. Numerous tables, images, charts, and an 8-page atlas with 18 figures in full color, support the text and provide further detail on the topics. Bariatric Surgery is the perfect text for the primary care physician, family practitioner, general internist, endocrinologist, nutritionist, gastroenterologist, radiologist, medical and surgical resident, and medical student.