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Weight Loss Surgery

Important facts about weight loss surgeries

We're constantly reminded that adult and childhood obesity is a growing epidemic. In order to deal with it, some people who are obese decide to undergo surgery. There are many risks associated with various surgical procedures, though the results can be life-changing. Medical professionals are the best people to turn to for advice and resources about this type of surgery. In addition to meeting in person, ask them for brochures and information packs so that you can be as knowledgeable as possible. Recovery time can also vary greatly, depending on the type of surgery the patient undergoes

Stomach Stapling

One option is stomach stapling. The goal of this surgery is to reduce the stomach's capacity to hold food. This surgery has one of the highest success rates for long-term weight loss. Patients might also see improvement in other conditions related to obesity, including: acid reflux, high blood cholesterol, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and type-2 diabetes.

In order to be eligible for this surgery, patients need to meet certain requirements. Some factors may include their body mass index, any life-threatening illnesses and the patient's level of commitment to living a healthy lifestyle.

As with any surgery, there are risks associated with this procedure. Some risks of stomach stapling include gallstones, blood clots in the legs and an inability to eat certain foods. The risk of duping syndrome also exists. In this instance, the stomach's contents pass through the small intestine too rapidly. This can lead to vomiting, nausea and dizziness.

Other Surgical Options

An alternative to stomach stapling is laparoscopic banding. There is less recovery time needed for this surgery and the process of weight loss is more gradual. Another option is biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. In this procedure, 80 percent of the stomach is removed. The majority of the intestine is bypassed by connecting the end of it to the duodenum near the stomach. While weight loss can be obtained, malnutrition and vitamin and mineral deficiencies two serious side effects associated with this procedure.

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