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Considering The Option of a Weight Loss Surgery



Many of us think that undergoing surgery is a big deal and has many side effects. The truth is, weight loss surgery helps to shed pounds but also has several health benefits. Most of us, at some point in our lives, have had the thought of going on a diet. A few of us who are more eager to lose weight have probably tried all the latest diets.

It lasts for a few months or maybe a year. After that, we all go back to right where we began. Furthermore, it is said that 90 percent of all diets are bound to fail in the longer term. Therefore, weight loss surgery may be the answer you are looking for.

The majority of the population in the west are overweight and obese. Obesity as a cause of death has been on the rise for the past decade or so and has also been a major cause of various types of diseases. Some of these diseases are diabetes, heart failure, sleep apnea, liver disease, gallstones, high cholesterol, miscarriages, asthma, and cancer.

So how does one know that a weight loss surgery is an answer to his problems? If your weight is about 100 pounds over the average weight within your BMI, that’s when you know that surgery should be your best solution. Weight loss surgery is also known as bariatric surgery and comes in many types. This surgery was initially done as a cosmetic procedure but has now shown many lifesaving health benefits.

Research shows that bariatric surgery results in a weight loss of about 60-75 percent of one’s total body weight. In addition to weight loss, other benefits include diabetes remission, elimination of hypertension, lower cholesterol levels, and elimination of sleep apnea.

Almost 80 percent of bariatric surgeries are the gastric bypass kind where a small gastric pouch is created in order to limit food intake. This pouch is connected to the intestine and it lets food bypass the lower stomach and some areas of the intestine.

The second most common kind of weight loss surgeries is lap banding where a band is placed around the upper stomach and this band limits food intake in the ratio of 1:3. Moving on, the vertical sleeve surgery removes the majority of the stomach and thereby restricts food intake. The remaining portion of the stomach can initially take in only about a quarter cup of liquid but over time this portion expands to a capacity of one cup of food.

There are a few things that patients undergoing this surgery should keep in mind before making the decision. Firstly, your BMI needs to be at least over 40 and you should be about 100 pounds overweight. Furthermore, at that weight, you should have at least two major illnesses such as sleep apnea, diabetes, or hypertension.

Moreover, only those who are within the age of 18-65 are allowed to undergo this surgery. To get the clearance for surgery, you should also prove that you are not an alcohol addict or drug addict and that you have tried various other medical ways of losing weight which has not worked on you. Lastly, you should be away from smoking for a minimum of two months and you need to make a commitment that after the surgery you will improve your lifestyle and health.