Weight reduction surgery

Weight Reduction Surgery: The Final Resort on your Journey to Weight Loss

If you have tried everything in your power to lose weight, you may resort to a weight reduction surgery. There are four different types of bariatric surgery for weight loss – all carried out with the common aim of limiting the amount of nutrients absorbed by you.

Weight reduction surgery

The Types of Surgical Procedures to be Carried Out

Gastric bypass is one of the most common bariatric surgical procedures employed to divide your stomach in to two parts- the smaller pouch or upper part is then stapled with the mid-section of the intestine.

With sleeve gastrectomy, the surgeon eliminates 75% of the stomach. You can well imagine how much food the “sleeve” you’re left with can hold.

There’s another method called the gastric lap band which entails the surgeon tying a surgical band around your stomach. The bloated “upper” part is now the size of a pouch capable of holding only a cup of food.

A Bilopancreatic Diversion is meant to alter the normal digestive process by making the stomach smaller. The food bypasses a part of the small intestine so that you end up absorbing fewer calories. Though people with a BMI or Body Mass Index of 40+ are usually considered eligible for weight reduction surgery, Bilopancreatic Diversion is generally recommended only when you’re grappling with super obesity –BMI of 50+. This is due to the numerous risks involved – for example, abdominal cavity, development of gallstones and blood clots among others.

When can you qualify for this surgery?

As has been mentioned above, people with a BMI of 40+ generally qualify for weight reduction surgery. However, if you have a BMI of 35+ and are suffering from obesity or Type II diabetes, severe cases of Arthritis, low back pain or joint pain, your surgeon may just go ahead with the treatment as well.

Post operative hospital stay and recovery

On an average, irrespective of which type of weight reduction surgery you’re opting for, you will be advised at least two to four days of hospital stay. The number of days might vary with specific health conditions. Gastric bypass usually requires you to stay four days at the hospital while sleeve gastrectomy requires around two days of hospital stay.

The surgeon along with his team will guide you regarding post-operative care. Regular visits will be scheduled during the first year of the surgery to examine overall mental and physical health, nutritional and metabolism status.

How much of weight can you expect to lose?

Depending on the type of surgery you have opted for, you can actually expect to shed around 66 to 80% of the body weight – most of which is visible during the first two years of the surgery.

Dietary changes

However, please note that the long term impact of the surgery can only be realized when you are ready to introduce significant lifestyle changes. Your surgeon will guide you regarding the dietary changes to be implemented:

  • Eating in small amounts
  • Avoiding diet high on carb
  • Eating at due intervals

Hope this particular post has been of help. Kindly educate yourself duly before stepping inside that clinic.

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