A Guide to Weight Loss Surgery Acronyms and Terms

A Guide to Weight Loss Surgery Acronyms and Terms

If you’re new to the world of weight loss surgery (or WLS) and you’re being a super sleuth online there might be a few weight loss surgery acronyms and terms out there that are leaving you a bit confused. I thought I’d write a post as your one stop shop guide to figuring out exactly what everyone else is talking about! Bariatric is the umbrella term encompassing all of the different weight loss surgeries. If you see someone saying they have had bariatric surgery it doesn’t give away what type but you can safely assume they have had weight loss surgery (WLS) of some kind be it gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, duodenal switch or a lap band for example.

HW – Highest Weight
CW – Current Weight
GW – G0al Weight
LW – Lowest Weight
SW – Starting Weight

NSV stands for a non-scale victory. These are the best things to look forward to after weight loss surgery because it focuses on all of the awesome wins you will have aside from watching your weight go down on the scales. Some of my favourite NSV’s have been easily getting a normal sized towel tied around myself, fitting in an airplane seatbelt and being able to fit ‘normal’ (not plus sized) clothing again!

Key Points:

  • 1Summarizes the most common weight loss surgery acronyms and terms
  • 2Teaches and defines words such as Bariatric, which is the umbrella term encompassing all of the different weight loss surgeries.
  • 3Helps newcomers to the field of weight loss surgery navigate message boards


Some of my favourite NSV’s have been easily getting a normal sized towel tied around myself, fitting in an airplane seatbelt and being able to fit ‘normal’ (not plus sized) clothing again!

Read the full article at: http://melissalosesit.co.nz/2017/02/02/a-guide-to-weight-loss-surgery-acronyms-and-terms/

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