Weight Loss Surgery: A risky solution

You see models everywhere and you dream to have their bodies.  Women tend to be too conscious about their body figure that they go through numerous types of diets and exercises.
There are some people, not only women, who would consider doing everything just to attain the perfect model figure.  If you are seriously overweight like if you are more than 100 pounds overweight or your weight is double the ideal weight for your age, you must be aware that your life is at risk with cardiovascular disease, orthopedic problems, diabetes, gallbladder disease, hypertension or sleep apnea.  There is a solution to this problem. However, you must understand that this solution is a risky one -- the surgical weight-loss.  Before you jump into a decision, you need to consult a professional who could explain to you the benefits and harmful effects of weight-loss surgery.

What is weight-loss surgery and how does it works?
Weight-loss surgery or medically known as bariatric surgery is a permanent procedure.  Once you decide to have this done, there is no taking it back.  That is why a person who considers this procedure must be emotionally and mentally prepared and understands the whole process.  You know that bariatric surgery is an option to consider if you are seriously overweight and you suffer from any unlikely conditions that may risk your life.  If at the same time you cannot lose weight by means of the traditional body exercise or daily food diet, you may as well opt for a bariatric surgery.

First, you must talk to your doctor so he could tell you if bariatric surgery is advisable or not.

Here are some of the situations that tell you if you need a bariatric operation:

  1. If your body mass index (a.k.a. BMI) is about 35 to 40 and you suffer from health-related problems like heart disease, severe sleep apnea or diabetes, then seek the doctor’s advice about bariatric surgery.  However, if you do not have these ailments but your BMI reads 40 and above, you may as well consider weight-loss surgery.
  2. If you attempted dieting and have done exercise routines but they still don’t work.
  3. If you are over your ideal weight or you are more than 100 pounds.

Now that you know the conditions where bariatric surgery is recommended, the next thing you need to know is how it works.

Bariatric surgery can be done in two ways.  The first procedure is called Restrictive Procedures, which include Gastric Bypass, Vertical Banded Gastroplasty and Gastric Bonding.  These procedures are done by closing off or removing some parts of the stomach.  Having this done, your stomach can limit or hold the amount of the food intake.  Your digestive system will work normally; however, it will not consume large amount of foods.

The other procedures are Malabsorptive Procedures, which include Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass or RGB and the Biliopancreatic Diversion.  These procedures reduce your stomach size and limit the absorption of nutrients and calories by the intestine.
The Roux-en-y gastric bypass or RGB is done by creating a small stomach-pouch then connecting the pouch to a lower part of the small intestine so the large part of the digestive tracts would absorb less nutrients and calories.

Your surgeon may consider using Laparoscopic Technology, which prevents making large incision.  This technique allows the surgeon to use slender surgical instruments that could make smaller cavity.  With this procedure, your recovery and hospital stay will limit to a short period of time.  This procedure will also lessen the discomfort and surgical scarring.

Understanding the beneficial and harmful effects of Bariatric Surgery

Like any other surgeries, Bariatric Surgery may result to either a successful or failed procedure.  No matter how you trust your surgeon, you still have to be aware that Bariatric Surgery may cause harmful results that could put your life at risk.

The following are examples of Beneficial Effects of Bariatric Surgery:

  1. You will surely lose weight and fast. This will occur after a few weeks and would continue through 18 to 24 months.
  2. You will achieve long-term weight loss, which could be from 100 pounds or more.
  3. Your ailments like sleep apnea, diabetes, joint problems and heart disease will regress along with the rapid decrease of your weight.
  4. Your physical and emotional condition will improve.  You will eventually gain more self-confidence.

Here are the Harmful Effects of Bariatric Surgery:

  1. Complications may arise that may also require a follow-up surgical procedures.
  2. After the surgery, you may develop nutritional deficiencies like osteoporosis, metabolic bone disease or anemia.
  3. There is also a risk of developing gallstones after bariatric surgery.

The harmful effects that may arise after bariatric surgery can be shunned by eating healthy foods and taking supplements that provide vitamins and minerals.

After the Surgery

You may feel uncomfortable after the Bariatric Surgery and your eating habits will surely change.  Rest assured that these symptoms are normal.  However, there are eating rules or instructions that you have to follow to get your body back to its normal condition.  Your doctor may require you to have a certain kind of diet, which depends on the type of surgical procedures you went through.  It is possible that you need to take liquid diet after the surgery.  Then several weeks after this diet, you may gradually shift to eating soft chewable foods.  Later on, when your body is ready to take more foods, you can move to small frequent meals which could be about 2 ounces each meal.  Your body needs to adjust to small frequent diet instead of larger meals.  Your food intake should include high protein and fewer fats.  Drinking fluid along with meals may also be prohibited in the first few weeks as they cause discomfort to your stomach.  You will be advised to take liquid an hour or more after each meal.

Your doctor will give you a list of recommended foods that could nurture your body while maintaining the weight you desire.  You will also be advised to take calcium supplements and multivitamins with iron.  Your doctor will know what your body needs depending on the type of surgery you went through.  Be sure to communicate with your doctor and have the best understanding of Bariatric Surgery before deciding to put yourself at risk.  This operation may produce far better results compared to regular diets and daily exercises but keep in mind that this operation is a drastic measure and that whatever results it may have are permanent.  There is to no turning back.

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