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Weight Loss Surgery: Your Body and Life

What does it take for a person to consider weight loss surgery? It should not be treated lightly. Often it is a last attempt to regain weight management for a patient who has had a lot of trial and failure with dieting, a significant expense on diet products or consultations. Research and frustration often accompany the quest for weight loss surgery. Certainly that is reasonable. All surgery has risks. Weight loss surgery involves some continued disadvantages as the patient heals as well.

Take a look at the overall topic of weight loss surgery. Assume at first that you have already tried diets and diet pills all in vain.

You bought that exercise bike that holds your jacket in the garage and a heap of exercise videos you tossed away and gave to Goodwill. You are frustrated and tired of searching for cures. You are almost resigned to believe that you have a rare form of obesity that cannot be handled by normal diet instruments.

If your doctor agrees, you might be a candidate for some kind of weight loss surgery. These things cannot be undone. Changes like this need careful consideration. Discuss it completely with your doctor before you do anything else.

When your doctor explains what it is all about and what options are available for you, take some time to do your own research. Remember, this is your body. Your doctor is your coach, not your owner. You want to know everything you can about these procedures and alternatives before you make major decisions about your body.

There are multiple types of gastrointestinal surgery. It is also referred to as bariatric surgery.

Some bariatric surgery makes it physically impossible to consume too much food at any one time. It interrupts the digestive system by putting a small bypass from the upper stomach directly to the lower stomach. This slows the food down in the upper stomach and limits how much food will fit into your stomach.

This is an improvement over the former weight loss surgery called “malabsorptive” surgery. Malabsorptive surgery is no longer in use. In that procedure most of the small intestine was bypassed and the digestive system was not able to absorb as many calories or nutrients. The reduced nutrient intake is one reason it is no longer being used.

A combination of malabsorptive and gastrointestinal weight loss surgery can be done by reducing the size of the stomach and performing a partial bypass of the small intestine.

Another kind of weight loss surgery includes reducing the stomach size by forming a sac at the top of the stomach. Because the sac is constructed with a very small connection to the stomach it slows down the movement of food and the patient feels full sooner and longer. These patients can never eat more than a cup of food at a time again. Foods must be a certain type or they will feel ill. They are not likely to lose weight as rapidly as some of the other procedures proclaim. These patients may also find it difficult to keep the weight off over a long period of time.

You have many decisions to make about weight loss surgery programs. You owe it to yourself to take a proactive role in this process. Research it thoroughly. Discuss it candidly with your healthcare professional. Treat the decision as your own because it is your own body.

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