As a society, we have become more health conscious and concerned with weight gain so it comes as no surprise that there is a plethora of weight loss options, from dieting to elective weight loss surgery. However, for many obese individuals, it is not only an issue of aesthetics. Weight loss surgery limits the amount of food you can take in. 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.
Weight Loss Surgery: For
* Quick weight loss
* Improved health
* Increased longevity
* Psychosocial adjustment
* Decrease in economic costs
There are several categories of weight loss surgery:
* Restrictive Reduces the amount of food the stomach can hold but doesnt interfere with normal digestion of food and nutrients.
* Malabsorptive Shortens the digestive tract to limit the number of calories and nutrients that can be absorbed.
* Combination Restricts the amount of food the stomach can hold and reduces the number of calories absorbed by altering the digestive tract.
Which Surgical Procedures Are Considered To Be Successful?
The surgical procedures in which the patients are able to lose about 50% of the extra body weight are said to be successful and the patients will be able to maintain the weight loss for the next five year period of time. The results still depend on the clinical condition of the patient and how skillful the surgeon is.
s a society we tend to view obesity as being something of a “personal problem” which most people could have avoided if they had taken better care of themselves. Weight loss surgery is also all too often viewed as a “cosmetic” procedure designed to make people look and feel better and to allow them to get back to leading the active and enjoyable lifestyle which they enjoyed before they put on so much weight.
It is all too easy to ignore the fact that we as a society have created many of the conditions which all too frequently lead to obesity and that those suffering from severe obesity face the very real possibility of death without the ability to get the help they need.