Why GPs lack an appetite for bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery has been hailed as transformative for people such as Joe Hockey and Roseanne Barr. So why aren’t GPs recommending it wholeheartedly?

In the journal Clinical Obesity this month, interviews with 10 Tasmanian GPs show that many have significant reservations about referring patients for weight-loss surgery based on their negative experiences of patient outcomes during follow-up.

The key issue seems to be provision of support for patients after surgery.

The GPs describe how many of their patients have