So you’ve reached the end of the line, and you have two possible endings – one is complete recovery, and the other the opposite.
Obesity surgery is the last recommended treatment for the most severe cases of obesity. Yet the last treatment is still meant to be a ‘treatment’, a remedy for you to gain back the health you once lost. To assure you of a safe obesity surgery pay attention to these important life-saving measures and information:
First to keep in mind is that obesity surgery is meant for serious obesity cases, meaning obesity problems that have been impossible to eliminate after trying all possible weight-control and weight-loss methods. Obesity surgery or specifically, Bariatric surgery (also Gastrointestinal surgery), is reserved only for cases of severe obesity that have been resistant to all other obesity treatments.
Second to consider is that obesity (Bariatric) surgery offers several types to choose from. Nonetheless, the risks for either of the obesity surgery types are similar, and the prospective results and outcome are also comparable.
The first obesity surgery method is called the Restrictive Weight Loss Surgery which includes ‘stomach-stapling’ aiming to restrict the obese patient’s amount of food to be consumed at a single sitting. In the process, the doctors cut and create a small pouch at the top of the stomach capable of holding about 1-ounce of food. The small opening at the bottom of the pouch holds food and causes a feeling of fullness. After the surgery, the patient can eat no more than ¾-cup to 1-cup of well-grinded insipid food at one time without being upset. The ‘lap-banding’ variation of the surgery doesn’t need to cut into the stomach or intestine of the patient. Rather, a silicone-band is wrapped around the upper stomach to create a pouch, making patient recovery-period shorter while also reducing the risks for surgery complications.
The second type of Bariatric method is the more common Mal-absorptive Surgery which includes the ‘gastric bypass’ procedure. The purpose of this surgery is to prevent the effective absorption of nutrients from eaten food by ‘bypassing’ most digestion in the food’s path. The mal-absorption results in significant weight-loss and reduced appetite; yet it also results in chronic diarrhea, stomach ulcers, flatulence and foul-smelling stool, a dumping syndrome characterized by fainting, nausea, sweating and diarrhea after eating, and the risk of nutritional deficiencies.
Patients opting for any of the Bariatric surgeries would first have to undergo a scrutinized medical evaluation to determine his suitability for the surgery. Candidates include those who are at least 80-100-pounds overweight and have been unsuccessful with traditional weight-loss methods. Patients having physical problems but require weight-loss may also be candidates for an obesity surgery.
Once you’re qualified for the surgery, you would have to realize several other important things such as the required lifelong medical supervision after the surgery, the continuing need for lifestyle and dietary changes, and the seriousness of the surgery risks requiring full-provision of physical and emotional support before, during and after the surgery.
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