Weight Loss Surgery Options
For many Las Vegas residents, obesity is a real and potent threat to their health and well-being. People who are obese are at higher risk for many different conditions, including diabetes and stroke. Everyone knows that eating right and exercising are the best ways to lose weight. Unfortunately for many, this simple approach isn’t enough to reduce their weight quickly enough to improve their health. If diet and exercise isn’t enough, bariatric surgery can sometimes be the key to losing weight and improving general health. Bariatric surgery can be broken down into two general types: band surgeries and bypass surgeries.
One of the more popular weight loss surgeries is laparoscopic gastric banding. In this procedure, a band is placed over part of the stomach to reduce its size. People feel full when their stomachs are full and this can be achieved with far fewer calories if the stomach itself is smaller. The band used can be fixed or adjustable. A fixed band remains one size while an adjustable band can be made tighter or looser by injecting the band with saline.
Another way to band the stomach is to use vertical banded gastroplasty, which encases the stomach in a tight sleeve. This is often coupled with creating a stapled stomach pouch above the tube to hold food. The procedure works in the same way as a horizontal band by reducing the size of the stomach and thus the amount of calories needed.
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A bypass surgery is a different form of bariatric surgery. Gastric bypass uses stapling to create a smaller stomach pouch, which works the same way as banding does. It is called a bypass surgery because it also involves reattaching the stomach to the small intestine past the duodenum and sometimes even further along the small intestine. Bypass surgery thus has two weight loss mechanisms: reducing food intake and reducing nutrient absorption. Reducing absorption can obviously lead to malnutrition, so this type of surgery should be carefully considered.
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You need to remember that bariatric surgery is not a replacement for the hard work needed to lose weight. The surgery results will disappear if careful attention is not paid to diet and exercise. Your first few months will require very careful attention to diet while you discover how you tolerate food. Because you’ll be eating much less and may have poorer absorption, you’ll also need to take vitamin and mineral supplements for the rest of your life. How healthy you are and how well you follow your doctor’s instructions can affect the side effects you experience. It’s important to discuss this and all possible outcomes with your doctor before you have bariatric surgery.