Dieting, exercise, and medication have long been regarded as the conventional methods to achieve weight loss. Sometimes, these efforts are successful in the short term. However, for people who are morbidly obese, the results rarely last. For many, this can translate into what’s called the “yo-yo syndrome,” where patients continually gain and lose weight with the possibility of serious psychological and health consequences.
Obesity is a health epidemic around the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity is rapidly spreading across all regions and demographic groups.
Common obesity related diseases:
Heart Attack and Stroke
Weight loss is something a lot of people struggle with and weight loss surgery is something that can drastically improve a person’s health, life span and happiness. If you have tried every diet under the sun and are still struggling to get to your goal weight then weight loss surgery may be for you. There are several procedures that can help so here is a list to help you decide which is right for you.
LAP BAND SYSTEM
With a lap band there is no cutting, stapling or stomach re-routing involved in the procedure. It is considered the least traumatic of all weight loss surgeries. The laparoscopic approach to the surgery also offers the advantages of reduced post-operative pain, shortened hospital stay and quicker recovery. The process of the surgery starts by the band being fastened around the upper stomach to create a new, tiny stomach pouch that limits and controls the amount of food you eat. It also creates a small outlet that slows the emptying process into the stomach and the intestines. If for any reason the LAP-BAND® System needs to be removed, the stomach generally returns to its original form.
The LAP-BAND System is not right for everyone, click here to check out our lap band page where the procedure is explained in more detail.
Gastric Bypass is considered to be the “gold standard” of all bariatric surgical procedures because the gastric bypass is a time-tested operation (dating back to the late 1960′s). Significantly more information is available about the long-term results of the Gastric Bypass (as compared to other available procedures) because its results have been documented for over 20 years.
The operation provides a restrictive and malabsorptive method to weight loss because the stomach and small intestines are reconfigured. First, a “mini stomach” is created by permanently dividing the stomach, creating a stomach pouch that can hold about 2-3 bites of food. The intestine is then cut approximately one and one half feet beyond the stomach and is attached to the pouch to provide an outlet for the food. This aids in weight loss in that you cannot eat as much and you absorb fewer nutrients and calories.
REVISIONAL BARIATRIC SURGERY
While the outcome of bariatric surgery is usually a positive one, some patients who have had gastric bypass or other types of weight loss surgery sometimes require a second, or revisional bariatric surgery to get the results they want and need. Revisional surgeries have traditionally been considered higher-risk than initial bariatric operations, due to the presence of scar tissue from the previous procedure in the surgical area.
Fortunately, over the past 10 years, revisional surgery results have seen great improvement. New surgical tools and procedures available today give patients who have had a previous bariatric surgery several excellent options for revisional surgery.
The procedure is used to correct stretched stomach pouches or enlarged stomach outlets. They are incision-free, usually done on an outpatient basis, and have a quick recovery time. Click here for more information.
Sleeve Gastrectomy is an obesity surgery in which a proportion of the stomach is removed. This results in a new, smaller stomach that is roughly the size and shape of a banana. The Sleeve Gastrectomy works primarily by reducing the size of the stomach so the patient feels full after eating much less, which means calorie intake is less which results in weight loss. In addition, the surgery removes the portion of the stomach that produces a hormone that can make you feel hungry, so you don’t want to eat as much.
Book your appointment now with our specialist weight loss surgeon Dr Sedrak and start your journey to becoming a slimmer, happier you.