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Bariatric surgery glossary

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Malabsorption
A term that describes a patient’s inability to absorb certain sugars, fats, proteins, and vitamins from food. Individuals who have gastric bypass surgery often tend to experience malabsorption due to the nature of the surgery.
Malabsorptive
A term used to describe a form of weight-loss surgery that reduces the patient’s ability to absorb calories from food. Gastric bypass is a type of malabsorptive surgery.
Morbid
Relating to or characteristic of disease or illness.
Morbid Obesity
A condition in which an individual is 100 pounds over the ideal body weight, has a BMI of 40 or more, or has a BMI of 35 or more and is experiencing two or more obesity-related health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.
Mortality
A term used to describe death on a large scale.
Multidisciplinary Bariatric Program
A team approach to testing and treating cases of clinically severe obesity. The process includes surgical, nutrition, and psychological assessment and treatment.
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