A Brief Introduction to Bariatric Surgery
The struggle with weight loss and obesity can be one that lasts a lifetime, but it doesn’t need to be. Have you struggled with diets and exercise over the years in your efforts to lose weight? Perhaps you have experienced short term successes, but have been frustrated when the pounds come right back afterward. If you feel like you have tried everything to no avail, weight loss surgery could be for you.
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Who is Weight Loss Surgery For?
You might qualify for bariatric surgery if you have a BMI of over 40 OR, or 35 OR with obesity-related health risks such as type 2 diabetes.
If repeated attempts to control your weight with things like diet, exercise, therapy, and medications have been unsuccessful, you could be an ideal candidate.
If you are free from drug addictions, and the cause of obesity is not related to endocrine conditions, you could be a good candidate. We will evaluate your eligibility with you during a consultation. If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact our office today.
What Are the Different Types of Bariatric Surgery?
There are seven major types of bariatric (weight loss) surgery available. Each has its unique advantages and disadvantages, so knowing about each of them can help you decide which of them is right for you.
The following is a short description of each type of weight loss surgery and how it helps you lose weight:
- Gastric Bypass - You feel full sooner while eating and absorb fewer minerals.
- Gastric Sleeve - You feel less hungry in general, and fuller sooner when eating.
- Endogastric Balloon – Reduces the amount you can eat for six months, giving you time to change your eating habits easily.
- LAP-BAND® - You feel full more quickly while eating.
- AspireAssist - Drains a portion of stomach contents after eating and absorb fewer calories.
- vBloc Therapy - Feel full between meals and less hungry when eating.
What Are Some of the Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery?
Weight loss surgery can help you drop a lot of pounds. Some patients have lost 80 to 100 pounds in the first year after receiving gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery.
This weight loss can have a variety of other positive effects on your health. Improvements to overall health are common. Any medical conditions related to obesity typically improve or even disappear entirely after weight loss surgery.
Conditions that Can Improve Include:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Severe Arthritis
- Type 2 Diabetes
About 95 percent of all weight loss surgery patients say their quality of life has improved after receiving weight loss surgery. Some studies have even suggested that people may live longer after weight loss surgery when compared to equally obese individuals who do not receive surgery.
You can expect to lose more weight after bariatric surgery than you would with diet and exercise alone. Bariatric patients, on average, also keep their weight off for longer.
Your joints may begin to feel better after your surgery, and aches and pains may begin to fade away slowly.
What Are the Potential Risks of Weight Loss Surgery?
It is perfectly normal to be concerned about risks when considering bariatric surgery. Typically, the risks associated with weight loss surgery are fairly minor and only result in inconvenience or mild discomfort.
Fewer than one 1 in 20 weight loss surgery patients has a major complication, and you are less likely to experience one than you would be with a hip replacement or gall bladder surgery, for example.
When compared to your risks of health complications from morbid obesity if you do not undergo bariatric surgery, the risks of receiving the surgery are much lower. Therefore, it is generally safer to get bariatric surgery than it is to avoid it if you are obese.
There are other things to consider when deciding whether to get weight loss surgery. We will explore a few of them below.
Am I Ready to Commit to the Diet and Lifestyle?
When getting bariatric surgery, you will want to make sure to eat a healthy diet afterward. This helps you lose the weight necessary to achieve your goals.
You will usually begin by eating a liquid diet, followed by pureed foods and soft foods, before gradually introducing solid foods
There are a variety of other guidelines to follow, and we will be there every step of the way to help you with our experienced nutritional counseling.
Guidelines for Post Surgical Weight Loss Patients:
- Eat small portion sizes
- Only drink fluids between meals and snacks, not while eating solid foods
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine for as long as we recommend
- Be sure to take your supplements such as a multivitamin, calcium, iron, and vitamins B and D
- Avoid or minimize fast foods and fried foods
- Reduce or eliminate sugary foods and drinks like candy, pastries, baked goods, and soft drinks
While eating a healthier diet may seem like a lot to handle at first, you will soon adapt to it and feel better. Eating healthy is mostly about establishing good habits.
You might just be surprised how little you miss the fast food when you have enjoyed a healthy breakfast smoothie that morning and are looking forward to a delicious healthy dinner that evening.
How Will I Stay Motivated If I Experience Weight Loss Setbacks?
When undergoing your weight loss journey, it is perfectly normal to experience the occasional setback. Don’t let these get you down! Before deciding to get weight loss surgery, think about what types of challenges you might undergo, and how you will take them on.
Getting Off Track When Trying to Eat Better
It is important to forgive yourself and accept that nobody is perfect. You can decide to simply eat better at your next meal and to not focus on the past. Identify what caused the slip up, and find a way to avoid it next time.
Occasionally, you may experience a gap in your steady weight loss. This is normal, and it is important that you just stick to your plan. Focus on the daily wins, and on establishing and maintaining healthy regular habits.
Losing Motivation on The Path to Losing Weight
It is hard to stay motivated forever, so prepare for this eventuality when you begin your weight loss journey by writing down the reasons you decided to lose those pounds. Keep the list in a spot where you’ll see it every day, like on your mirror or in your clothes closet.
Bariatric Surgery Can Be Life-changing!
While Bariatric surgery is not for everyone, it can be life-changing for those who are good candidates. Use these tips to help you stay motivated as you continue your weight loss journey, and contact our office when you are ready to schedule your consultation!
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