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Bariatric Terminology and Abbreviations

For all our bariatric newbies …. So you have just started researching bariatric surgery and you come across a forum with like-minded people and all of a sudden you find yourself in the midst of a pile of abbreviations and terminology and short-cuts that makes about zero sense to you.  I thought it would be fun to make a list of those abbreviations and what they mean so that you can have a quick “go to list” while you get up to speed with all this new terminology.  I am sure I will miss a few short-cuts so feel free to add them to the comments so we can all have something more comprehensive.  


  • WLS: Weight Loss Surgery
  • BMI: Body Mass IndexRNY: Roux-en-Y (Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass)
  • VSG: Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve Surgery)
  • DS: Duodenal Switch
  • BPD: Biliopancreatic Diversion
  • VBG: Vertical Banded Gastroplasty
  • HW: Heaviest Weight
  • SW: Starting Weight
  • LW: Lowest Weight
  • CW: Current Weight
  • GW: Goal Weight
  • EWL: Excess Weight Loss
  • NSV: Non-scale Victory
  • FTF: Face-to-Face
  • OAC: Obesity Action Coalition
  • PCP: Primary Care Physician
  • PCOS: Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • TT: Tummy Tuck
  • BM: Bowel Movement
  • SF: Sugar-Free
  • EKG: Electrocardiography
  • CPAP: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
  • GERD: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • GI: Gastrointestinal
  • TMI: Too Much Information
  • WTG: Way To Go
  • IPF: International Patient Facilitators
  • TY: Thank you
Are you ready to reach out and take your own health into your own hands and get they weight off once and for all. Reach out to us to meet other patients who have had bariatric surgery in Mexico and hear their testimonials/ speak to them directly.  Private Group
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Healthy Hugs,      

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About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen. For bariatric patients Bariatric Expert Amazon Line Time for a “bariatric expert” multivitamin?  Here is a perfect way for bariatric patients to get it now on Amazon:  Bariatric Expert MultiVitamins. Eat Like a Bariatric Expert with our Nutrition Plans. Feel free to share your victories and struggles in our Facebook Group. I would love to connect with you.      






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