​Bariatric Metabolic Surgery is one of the treatment options for obesity and is vastly different from liposuction cosmetic surgery. In response to a reader's query on the benefits, risks and side effects of bariatric surgery, Dr Toh Bin Chet, Consultant, Department of Surgery, SKH, shared that people have often mistaken bariatric metabolic surgery with liposuction cosmetic surgery. Dr Toh also emphasized that Bariatric Metabolic Surgery is a treatment for obesity and mainly involves modifying gastro-intestinal anatomy to achieve metabolism effect of weight loss, improve diabetes, hypertension and overall health in the long-term. It is neither a cosmetic procedure nor a short-cut procedure for weight loss that removes fat from the body only. He also explained the two common options of bariatric metabolic surgeries available and who it is recommended for.