Obese Surgery

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When all natural weight loss methods have been exhausted in the fight against obesity, patients have the option to turn to obese surgery methods known as gastric bypass surgery. These procedures provide a way for the patients to reduce to a safer and more sustainable weight. There are times when this type of surgery can be a life saver, especially in cases where the patient has a genetic abnormality that leads to slow metabolism and fast weight gain. Obese surgery will help lower the risk of metabolic syndromes like heart attack, diabetes, high-blood pressure and similar illnesses.

There are a variety of obese surgery methods to choose from and each has its own pros and cons. The older varieties fall into the category of stomach stapling which requires the use of clips and sutures to “seal off” portions of the stomach reducing its total volume. Afterwards, the small intestines are reconnected to the area with the active volume to allow the safe transfer of food into the lower digestive tract continuing the process of digestion.

The most obvious disadvantages of obese surgery procedures like stomach stapling are that the method is highly invasive requiring doctors to cut into the stomach for the stapling process as well as the re-connection. This process is irreversible meaning once your stomach has been stapled, there is no going back.

In recent years, alternative methods have begun to come into use to replace stomach stapling. The most popular of these obese surgery methods is the adjustable gastric band surgery accomplished via laparoscopic means.

A laparoscopic surgery is less invasive because it only requires making a small incision into the stomach through which a miniture camera and various surgical tools can be inserted to perform the operation with a minimal amount of damage to the area. This is an obvious advantage since it makes healing and recovery times much shorter which allows the patient to be up and going much sooner. With the use of an adjustable band, the procedure is also reversible so the patient will have the option to go back to having full use of their stomach.

In general, the goal of obese surgery is to reduce the size of the stomach, limiting the amount that the patient can eat. This requires serious lifestyle changes on the part of the patient. This is particularly true when it comes to portion sizes, frequency of eating, and the types of foods that can be eaten. However, with adequate support, knowledge and enough time to learn, many obese surgery patients are successful at attaining and maintaining their weight loss goals with few complications.

Morbid obesity need not be irreversible. Gastric surgery methods give hope to morbidly obese patients when all other weight loss methods have failed. Since there are risks involved, it is considered a last resort after dieting and exercise, but it can accomplish the desired goals if the patient follows their doctors instructions as far as diet and lifestyle change is concerned.

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