Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery

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Bariatric surgery is a weight loss surgery that is used only in cases of morbid obesity where other weight loss methods such as diet, exercise and behavior modification have proven ineffective. The two most common types of bariatric surgery are gastric bypass that reduces the body’s absorption of food and laparoscopic gastric banding that reduces the amount of food intake. Neither of these types of weight loss surgeries involves the removal of body fat such as in liposuction.

 

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery involves using surgical staples to form a completely new, smaller and separate stomach. The old stomach is stapled shut and the small intestine is rerouted into the new stomach sac bypassing both the old stomach and two-thirds of the intestines. This results in less contact time for food in the digestive tract therefore less absorption of nutrients and calories. The lower opening from the new stomach to the small intestine is also smaller and slows the rate at which food empties from the stomach. Distal gastric bypass surgery is where a portion of the stomach is actually removed before the small intestine is rerouted but this type of surgery has a much higher risk of causing nutritional deficiencies.

 

Laparoscopic Gastric Banding

Laparoscopic gastric banding is a restrictive procedure in which an inflatable silicone rubber band is surgically installed around a portion of the upper stomach squeezing it off from the larger lower part of the stomach thereby reducing its size and limiting the amount of food intake. Laparoscopic refers to the miniature high resolution telescoping camera that is used in these surgeries to see inside the abdomen. Although less invasive and involving a shorter recovery time, this type of bariatric surgery is not as overall effective for weight loss as gastric bypass surgery.

 

Facts to Consider before Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery should never be undertaken lightly and in most cases should only be considered in life threatening situations when other weight loss methods are not suitable. Obesity can and does kill people and because of this fact many medical insurance plans do cover the costs associated with bariatric surgeries; otherwise it can be incredibly expensive running anywhere from around ten thousand to fifty thousand dollars in the United States. Wait times for weight loss surgery can also be considerable and in some cases patients are on hold for up to seven years.

 

What are the Risks of Bariatric Surgery?

There are of course always inherent risks associated with any surgical procedure and with bariatric surgery risks run the gamut from internal bleeding to infections, organ laceration, band slippage or breakage, tears in the pouch and ineffectiveness. With such risks associated with bariatric surgery it is important to choose your professional medical team carefully to ensure that you get the procedure you specifically need, not just what a clinic or surgical team may have to offer.

 

Is Bariatric Surgery Effective for Weight Loss?

There is an up to 30% chance that after a long wait, large expenses, undergoing invasive surgery and all your high hopes, a bariatric surgery procedure will not be successful in achieving your goals to lose weight.

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0 # Bariatricrw 2016-09-26 13:50
Quoting christy:
I've always found these surgeries to be so aggressive and frightening. I know that they do work for some people and that's great, but I'm glad that there are so many other weight loss options out there that can help me to overcome obesity. This type of thing will need to be an absolute last resort for me.


More than some succeed on this and there are a few different types of bariatric surgery. If you have the right doctor, your experience will be better.
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0 # Bariatricrw 2016-09-26 13:48
Quoting legendarytroy:
If you do go through something like this, how much does the average person lose?

People can lose different amounts, I was up to 165 of weightloss.
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0 # Is it easy to get?char 2012-10-27 16:49
I wonder how hard it is to get this kind of surgery if you’re obese. Are some doctors more lax than others?
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0 # a real statementPenny 2012-06-15 23:46
The fact that this surgery has to exist is a real statement about what our society has become. We've become a people who have not built a healthy enough lifestyle, as a whole, that the majority of us have a perfectly preventable disease - obesity.

Don't get me wrong, I am very overweight and I'm losing, but that's what I mean. There are millions of people starving in the world and then at the same time there are millions of us who have so much food and no understanding of what we should REALLY be doing with it.

What is it going to take for us to get this right? This isn't rocket science. It's healthy eating! I'm learning this now as an adult. It should be something that we learn as kids.
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0 # How much weight loss?legendarytroy 2012-02-29 01:30
If you do go through something like this, how much does the average person lose?
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0 # RE: Maggie 2012-02-06 06:52
This is dangerous and kind of gross.
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0 # try something elsesarah 2012-01-08 04:14
If there’s even one thing that you haven’t tried yet to get your weight down, then you shouldn’t go for this surgery yet. It’s just too dangerous and the risks are far too high. Give yourself a much better chance of living a healthy life where you have mastered your weight by trying every kind of healthy diet you can find.

Work with your doctor and don’t try to submit to “easy” instant solutions since this isn’t actually an easy solution at all.
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0 # get surgery to lose w8speeddemon 2011-11-22 01:47
when all the other things to lose w8 don’t work 4 u it’s good 4 u to talk 2 your doc so he can get u the surgery and make u skinny again. being fat is bad and dangerous so surgery is dangerous 2 but makes the other danger go away.
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0 # christy 2011-10-07 03:41
I've always found these surgeries to be so aggressive and frightening. I know that they do work for some people and that's great, but I'm glad that there are so many other weight loss options out there that can help me to overcome obesity. This type of thing will need to be an absolute last resort for me.
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