Have you tried all means to lose weight to no avail? From dieting plans to exercising and eating the right foods, for some people it is simply impossible to lose weight by conventional methods. This is especially true in obese people. Weight loss surgery is usually considered as the last resort in trying to lose weight when all else fails. But what does it involve and why would it be an ideal choice?
Also known as bariatric surgery, this invasive procedure involves surgical procedures in which qualified surgeons reduce the size of the stomach. This is achieved y either removal of a portion of the stomach or by the use of a gastric band. Re-secting and re-routing the small intestine into a part of the stomach pouch has also been tried and proven effective. The main aim of all these is to reduce the volume of the stomach and subsequently reduce the amount of food a person can intake. Following the surgery, a person eats less food by the time the feeling of satiety is achieved. This procedure is especially very helpful in helping those with big appetites lose weight.
Why consider weight loss surgery? Being overweight can not only harm an individual in terms of their health but also their social and mental well-being due to stigma and low self-esteem. Through this procedure, weight loss can be achieved easily and quickly. This however is not the sole benefit associated with this procedure. Recovery from diabetes is yet another benefit and so is improvement of cardiovascular health and reduced mortality among those with heart diseases. A happier life is the end result of it all and don’t we all wish to live this happily?
According to authorities, there are restrictions as to whom this procedure can be performed on. To qualify one must have proof of failed medical attempts to lose weight and/or have a body mass index (BMI) of more than 40. This BMI is calculated by using the height and weight values of a person and when it is so high is representative of high risk obesity. The risks associated with weight loss surgery in this case are outweighed by the need to relief the individual of the current condition.
Though the results of bariatric surgery are impressive, it is not encouraged for cosmetic purposes but for medical reasons only. This is due to the risks associated with the procedure including clot formation and internal bleeding. Once it has been carried out too, it is not just a hands-off weight loss process but one that will involve uptake of balanced meals in the right proportions and regular exercising in order to lose weight and keep it off.