Dr. Mark Colquitt and Dr. Jonathan Ray answer many frequently asked questions in our Bariatric Surgery FAQs series. What is the difference between obesity and morbid obesity? Why should I consider bariatric surgery? What diseases are caused by obesity? Why is losing weight important when you are morbidly obese? How common is obesity? How can bariatric surgery improve comorbidities? Why is morbid obesity now considered a disease? What is the average expected weight loss after bariatric surgery? How does the bariatric program at Fort Sanders Regional differ from other programs? Why should a patient choose Fort Sanders Regional? What is the first step once I am ready to make the commitment for bariatric surgery? As a patient, what is my commitment? What does a commitment to having successful weight loss surgery mean for me? How do I learn more about bariatric surgery? What are the steps prior to bariatric surgery? What is your philosophy on bariatric surgery? What happens after bariatric surgery? What level of experience can I expect? What support systems are available? What are the different types of surgeries available? When should I consider bariatric surgery?