Weight Loss Surgery Options
Exercise and eating right are the best ways to lose weight. But many people have tried those methods for years and still can't lose excess weight. For people in this frustrating situation, weight loss surgery may be a better option.
The most common surgical procedures for weight loss have been jejunoileal bypass (intestinal bypass), gastric bypass, and horizontal or vertical gastroplasty (stomach stapling). Other gastrointestinal surgical techniques have included biliopancreatic diversion, jejunocolic bypass, stomach wrap, and truncal vagotomy.
Types of Weight Loss surgery
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (Lap-Band surgery) is a minimally invasive weight loss surgery whereby an adjustable band is placed around the stomach to restrict food intake.
Gastric Bypass Surgery -
Gastric bypass surgery also called bariatric surgery is a complex type of weight loss surgery. Currently two techniques are available: the Roux-en-Y-gastric bypass and the biliopancreatic diversion bypass. Gastrointestinal surgery is an option for people who are severely obese and cannot lose weight by traditional means or who suffer from serious obesity-related health problems.
Body Lift -
Whether tightening up after massive weight loss, or addressing the normal effects of aging or childbearing, a body lift also called belt lipectomy or lower body lift is an excellent way to contour the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. Find out more about body lift treatments.
Check whether you can opt for Weight Loss Surgery?
Bariatric surgery candidates are those who have not been able to lose weight through traditional forms of treatment. If you have been struggling with chronic obesity for many years, you may be a good candidate. However, not everyone who wants to lose weight should undergo bariatric surgery. If you're very overweight and can't lose pounds with a healthy diet and exercise, surgery might be an option for you.
The surgery is usually for men who are at least 100 pounds overweight and women who are at least 80 pounds overweight. Some operations also restrict the amount of food you can digest. Many people who have the surgery lose weight quickly. If you follow diet and exercise recommendations, you can keep most of the weight off. The surgery has risks and complications, however, including infections, hernias and blood clots.
The most common justifications for performing gastrointestinal surgery are improved health, increased longevity, better psychosocial adjustment, and a decrease in the economic costs of obesity.