Bariatric Surgery in recent days has become big news. There are stories appearing in all aspects of the media. This reflects a growing understanding on the part of the public and medical community that Bariatric surgery has taken a leading role in the treatment of severe obesity. Because of its well-established record of success, Bariatric surgery is the treatment of choice for the morbidly obese. The American Heart Association and the American College of Surgeons recognize this surgical procedure, and holds the endorsement of the National Institute of Health and many other prominent medical institutions. The two surgical procedures for use in treating patients with clinically severe obesity are the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Vertical Banded Gastroplasty. Research shows that the Roux-en-Y is most effective in enabling patients to lose significant amounts of excess weight and keep it off. Every surgery involves risk. The Bariatric surgery, which enables patients to lose excess weight and reduce the serious weight-related health conditions they experience, is considered a major abdominal surgery. Patients are encouraged to consider these risks and to weigh them against the monumental health issues related to being seriously overweight. Surgeons at the Bariatric Treatment Center review these risks in detail during their consultations with prospective patients.