Losing Weight with Surgery


Sometimes diet, exercise and lifestyle changes just aren’t enough to lose weight. Repeated yo-yo diets could have left you with a metabolism so efficient that you can’t lose the weight without starving yourself. A lifestyle you can’t and shouldn’t sustain. Sometimes your body is fighting you, whether you’re dealing with diabetes or another long-term health condition. This makes it difficult to lose weight, though you need to lose the weight to reduce or even reverse the condition. When you don’t have full mobility, exercise simply isn’t an option, but surgery to reduce how much you can eat and, more importantly, reduce your desire to eat is a viable solution. Surgery is often the last option for those who need to lose weight. But if you find yourself considering a weight loss procedure, read up on the different options available. Starting with the four most common surgeries below.

Losing Weight with Surgery

Liposuction is one way to lose weight with surgery, but it will only remove a few kilos at most. It’s better for sculpting the body then removing stubborn fat. Cool sculpting is even less invasive. It freezes fat cells. They’re then broken down and removed by the body. This procedure can reduce cellulite and tone your body, though it isn’t going to help you lose 40 kilos.

Losing Weight with Major Surgery

Major weight loss surgery is a big decision. But there are a number of options for you to consider. The simplest form of major weight loss surgery is the adjustable gastric band. The inflatable band is put around the top of the stomach and inflated, creating a small stomach pouch. The biggest benefit of this procedure is that it is adjustable and even reversible. Problems with malabsorption of food or nutritional deficits are also very rare. The gastric band reduces hunger, and it does so with almost no complications. The downside is that the weight loss isn’t as good as with other surgeries and it happens at a slower rate. There are also a couple of complications that may occur with the band. For example, if you overeat, it can cause problems with your esophagus.

A gastric bypass is another option. Through this surgery the stomach is essentially disconnected from the digestive tract, which means you can’t overeat; there’s no room. Thus, reducing your caloric intake. This procedure can reverse type 2 diabetes in many patients. It also allows you to lose 50 kilos or more. And keep it off. However, this procedure has a greater rate of complications. The most common being a lack of mineral absorption.

Next is the sleeve gastrectomy or gastric sleeve, where about 80 percent of the stomach is removed. This procedure reduces how much you can eat and your desire to eat. It also improves satiation and blood sugar control, though it isn’t as good as the gastric bypass. The positives with this procedure is the speed of weight loss and the lower risk of major complications.

The most radical procedure is arguably the BPD/DS gastric bypass. Thorough this surgery a small tube is created from the stomach, similar to the sleeve gastrectomy. A new organ is then attached lower down in the small intestine. This procedure dramatically reduces how much food is absorbed by the body and it is incredibly effective in treating diabetes. It works for people who need to lose more than two thirds of their body weight. The downsides include increased risk for malnutrition due to a reduced ability to absorb minerals and fat-soluble vitamins. You have to stick to a strict vitamin supplement regimen after having this weight loss surgery.

If you are considering a major weight loss surgery, investigate your options for Private Medical Insurance to get coverage with an experienced specialist.

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