Glossary of Terms

Here are some terms  and their meanings that are used frequently in the Weight Loss Surgery community.  If you’d like to see additions to this list, please let me know by leaving a comment below in the comment form.

Term

Meaning

ACS American College of Surgeons
AGB Adjustable Gastric Band
ASBMS American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgeons
BPD/DS Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch
COE Center of Excellence
CV Curriculum vitae – a doctor’s resume
DS Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch
EWL Excess Weight Lost
GB Gastric bypass
GBS Gastric bypass surgery
IDA Iron Deficiency Anemia
IFSO International Federation of Obesity Surgeons
MO Morbidly Obese
Nadir Lowest Weight Reached
NPO Nothing by Mouth
PS Plastic Surgery and/or Plastic Surgeon
RNY Roux-en-Y or gastric bypass
SMO Super Morbidly Obese
VBG Vertical Banded Gastroplasty
WLS Weight Loss Surgery

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