Choosing Surgery

We’ve Changed Our Name

We have change our name from West Coast Bariatric Surgery to Richmond Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery to reflect the location of our program and the current role of bariatric surgery in the treatment of comorbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, etc.

Why Have Surgery?

Non-surgical methods have not succeeded.

Before considering surgery, drugs, activity, diets, behavioural modification techniques and other non-surgical means must have been tried and found to be ineffective in the long term.  Surgery should be considered as an addition to these treatment strategies, not a replacement.

Treatment of obesity-related health problems.

Severe obesity is a major contributor to many serious health problems such as:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Elevated blood cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Breathing problems
  • Depression
  • Decreased mobility
  • Cancer
  • Many others

Severe obesity is the second largest health-related cause of mortality (after smoking).

Potential benefits are greater than the risks of the surgery or not doing the surgery at all.

Morbid obesity is a serious health problem with a high risk of disease and death.  Although bariatric surgery can provide benefits, as with any surgery there are risks.  It is important to discuss all your concerns with your doctor and ensure your doctor has all your health information in order to assist in making the best decision.