The Last Resort: Weight Loss Surgery

The Last Resort: Weight Loss Surgery

Surgery is the most severe of the recommended treatments for obesity. Bariatric surgery is reserved for cases of severe obesity that have been resistant to all other methods of weight loss and weight control. There are two basic types of bariatric surgery (also known as gastrointestinal surgery), each with a different purpose. The risks for both are similar, as are the prospective results and outcome.
 
Restrictive Weight Loss Surgery
 
The first type of bariatric weight loss surgery is ‘restrictive’. It includes the well-known ‘stomach stapling’. The purpose of restrictive surgery is to restrict the amount of food that can be eaten at one time. Doctors create a small pouch at the top of the stomach that holds about one ounce of food, with a small opening at the bottom to hold food in the pouch and cause a feeling of fullness. After the surgery, a patient can eat no more than 3/4 cup to a cup of well-chewed bland food at a time without becoming nauseous. The intent of the surgery is to reduce the amount of food eaten by restricting the amount of food that can be eaten at once.
 
Variations of restrictive surgery include ‘lap banding’, in which the pouch is created by wrapping a silicone band around the upper part of the stomach. Since there is no need to cut into the stomach or intestine, the complication rate is lower than in standard restrictive surgery, and the recovery period is shorter.
 
The second type of bariatric surgery for weight loss is the malabsorptive variety. These are the more common type of surgery for treatment of obesity. The most well-known of the procedures is the gastric bypass. The purpose of gastric bypass and other types of bypass surgery is to prevent the effective absorption of nutrients from food eaten by ‘bypassing’ most of the intestine in the food’s path through the body. The malabsorption results in significant weight loss and a reduction of appetite.
 
The possible side effects of gastric bypass surgery include:
 
Chronic diarrhea
Stomach ulcers
Foul-smelling stools and flatulence
Risk of nutritional and micro-nutritional deficiencies
Dumping syndrome – symptoms include faintness, fainting, nausea, sweating and diarrhea after eating
 
Patients seeking bariatric surgery are evaluated by a medical professional for suitability for the surgery. Candidates include those who are at least 80-100 pounds overweight, and who have shown little success with traditional weight loss methods. In additions, patients who have other physical problems which require weight loss may be candidates.
 
If you’re considering weight loss surgery, you must realize several things:

1. The risks of surgery are serious.
2. You will require lifelong medical supervision after the surgery
3. You will still need to make lifestyle and dietary changes.
4. Many health insurance plans will not cover it.
 
Be sure that you choose a surgeon experienced in bariatric techniques, and that you will be provided with full physical and emotional support before, during and after the surgery.

Weight Loss Help You Can Use Every Day

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Many people like the idea of losing weight to make their bodies look slimmer, but they often become bored by it. They become tired of doing repetitive exercises over and over and give up before they see any results. There are ways to lose weight that are fun. The following article contains tips that will help you have fun while losing weight.

Stock your home with low-fat, healthy foods like lean meat, vegetables, unsalted nuts, soy milk, etc. It is easier to eat healthy foods when they are readily available. Also, if there are no junks foods in your fridge or kitchen cupboards, you won’t be able to binge on chocolate, sweats and chips in the evenings, and you will start to lose weight.

Rather than choosing a “diet” to lose weight, focus your efforts on creating a lifetime eating plan that becomes a permanent part of your routine. Just calling an eating change a “diet” fires up internal resistance. Sure, it’s easy to stick to it for a while, and some people are very good at repeatedly attaining their weight goals. But, once the special event passes, or the love interest is gone, or the holidays hit, those people rebel against their self-imposed diet deprivation and the weight comes back.

Use the internet social networks to find a great buddy online that is sharing your quest for weight loss. The internet is a great meeting place for people that want to form a bond with someone that they can be personal with without feeling the embarrassment they feel with someone they see every day. This buddy could become a great power driver for your weight loss efforts.

You need to learn how to cook if you want to lose weight. Many people simply do not know how to cook vegetables and meats in a way that is low-calorie, but appealing and delicious because they have never been taught. You should take a cooking class if you want to be able to lose weight and eat delicious foods in the process.

Lentils have been called a natural diet food. They are full of fiber which can help lower cholesterol. They can be used as a low-fat protein in place of meat, which is great for vegetarians. Lentils also fill you up and reduce your appetite. There are many interesting and tasty ways to prepare lentils, so add some to your diet regularly.

Adequate sleep is an integral part of any weight loss plan. Not getting enough sleep increases the levels of specific hormones that cause hunger, and consequently causes you to eat more. Sleep deprivation also reduces hormones that tell your body that it is full which causes you to eat when you would normally not feel a desire to. If you are serious about losing weight, it is very important to include a sufficient amount of sleep in your daily routine.

In conclusion, many people try to lose weight, but become bored in the process. The idea of repeating exercises makes people abandon their plans before they are finished. Weight loss does not have to be boring, and with the tips from this article, you can have fun while losing weight.