Safe Weight Loss Surgery

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Safe Weight Loss Surgery

With obesity becoming a critical health concern in many countries across the world, the need for safe weight loss surgery procedures is taking an even bigger and more important role. Of course, dieting and exercise remains to be the most preferred method for safe weight loss but where these are not sufficient, surgery takes precedence as the method of choice by doctors and health experts alike. Though we all know there is no surgery that is 100% safe, there are surgeries that are much safer than others.

So we ask the questions: what is the best safe weight loss surgery method available out there? In what cases does it become a greater priority than dieting and exercise? What questions should a patient ask when contemplating which safe weight loss surgery procedure is the best for a specific situation?

In the succeeding paragraphs, we’ll try to provide some answers to these important questions.

Roux-en-Y. Perhaps the most invasive of the bypass procedures, Route-en-Y involves both removal of part of the stomach as well as connecting the remainder to the small intestines. In terms of pure weight loss effects, this is probably the most effective since it severely reduces the efficiency of the digestive process. However, it also poses the most potential for complications as an altered digestive process requires major adjustments. The extent of the surgery will also require longer healing and the risk for infection and other complications is high. For these reasons it can not be termed as a safe weight loss surgery.

Sleeve Gastrectomy. This is the intermediate form of a complete bypass requiring the surgeon to cut out a large portion of the stomach and forming the remaining part into a narrow sleeve or tube in which food is digested. The amount of food that can be eaten is reduced facilitating weight loss. In general terms, this qualifies as a safe weight loss surgery procedure compared to Roux-En –Y although it largely depends on the surgeon’s skill and the patient’s resolve to stick to the prescribed lifestyle routines post-surgery.

Adjustable Gastric Band - The least invasive of the Bariatric surgery methods, this is perhaps the most likely candidate for safe weight loss surgery if only because it is reversible and there are no major incisions that can lead to complications. However, the fact that it only involves installing a band and not bypassing part of the intestine so that the body absorbs less nutrients means the patient will need to be pay close attention to their diet.

Any of the above surgeries are of course even safer when using laparoscopic surgery. Using this method only very small incisions are made for the micro camera and instruments to enter the body. This makes healing time much faster and chance of complications much smaller. Using laparoscopic technology while performing gastric band surgery could probably be considered a safe weight loss surgery when compared to the more invasive methods.

The decision to find a safe weight loss surgery depends on the goals and the exact condition that the patient is in. This requires a thorough discussion between patient and doctor and there are no pre-determined responses to determine if one surgery type is better than another. Overall, only careful deliberation, analysis, and medical check-ups will determine the effectiveness of a procedure relative to a client’s particular needs.

Still, when any effort using diet and exercise does not bear fruit for a considerable period or when a person’s Body Mass Index has exceeded 40, safe weight loss surgery methods must be immediately considered. When an individual is morbidly obese, there are many risks for fatal medical problems so acting on it in a manner the doctor feels is best is the action that should be taken. There is of course no totally safe surgery of any kind, but using the least invasive surgery is always best.