ASBP Mission Statement The American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) was formed in 1950 and exists to advance and support the physician’s role in treating patients affected by obesity and associated conditions. It is a national professional medical specialty society of more than 1,600 physicians and allied clinicians.
What does a bariatric physician do?
A bariatric physician or bariatric doctor is a physician who has received specialized training in the field of bariatric medicine or medical weight management. Bariatric physicians may treat overweight and obese patients with diet, nutrition, exercise, behavioral therapy, medications, surgery or any combination of these treatments.
What is bariatric medicine?
Bariatric medicine, or bariatrics, refers to the branch of medicine which is concerned with the treatment of obesity, as well as its causes and preventive techniques. Weight loss strategies that include a modified diet, exercise, and behavioral therapy, are part of the field of bariatric medicine.
What is bariatric care?
Bariatric Care. Bariatrics refers to the practice of medicine focused on the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity. Initial treatments typically focus on diet, exercise, therapy and medications; however, for more comprehensive, long-term results weight-loss surgery may be recommended.
What is a bariatric Doctor?
: licensed Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) who specializes in medical weight management. Bariatric physicians may treat overweight and obese patients with diet, nutrition, exercise, behavioral therapy, appropriate medications, or any combination of these treatments. CONTINUE SCROLLING OR CLICK HERE FOR RELATED SLIDESHOW
Who is bariatric surgery for?
A bariatric surgeon is a type of surgeon who performs bariatric surgery on patients. This type of surgery is used for people who are morbidly obese. There are two basic types of bariatric surgery, gastric bypass and gastric banding. Each surgery is used to promote weight loss in overweight patients.
What are pros and cons of bariatric surgery?
Each type of bariatric surgery has pros and cons. Be sure to talk to your doctor about them. Here’s a look at common types of bariatric surgery: Roux-en-Y (roo-en-y). This is a type of gastric bypass surgery, and is the most common method of gastric bypass. This surgery is typically not reversible.
How do you become a bariatric physician?
Physicians practicing bariatric medicine in the U.S. may be board-certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM). Typically, a physician will complete a residency in family medicine, internal medicine, or general surgery before pursuing additional training to attain the ABOM certification.