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Weight Loss Surgery. Is it the best option ?

Weight Loss Surgery

For shedding all that flab that envelopes a person, regular exercises and a perfectly balanced diet should go cheek by jowl. When these combine together into a harmonious regimen, most people are able to maintain the proper weight.

Nevertheless, this equation does not balance for everyone. By a combination of reasons resulting from a bit of lethargy, genetic tendencies, and hormonal or eating disorders, flab in some people may become comparable to the blubber of a blue whale.

Surgical procedure for weight loss might become necessary in such extreme cases, where diets and dietary supplements are rarely effective. When zeroing in on a particular type of surgery, its side effects have to be carefully considered, besides the result it is supposed to produce.

What a weight loss surgery essentially does is manage to reduce the food consumption. This is brought about either by reducing food intake itself or by restricting the amount of food absorbed into the system.

Gastric bypass surgery is a common form of weight loss surgery. The procedure involves removal of a part of the digestive system and stitching together the remaining portions to make it continuous. Though the procedure results in weight loss, the users have to be on nutritional supplements for the rest of their lives. Other nutritional problems also being rampant in them, this is not a highly recommended method.

Another method, stomach stapling, is also a much used method, though not as old as gastric bypass surgery. The procedure has become comparatively safer in the last ten years, though risks cannot be completely ruled out.

In stomach sampling, parts of the digestive system are pinned with surgical staples. A modification has been effected over the time in that there is no need for abdominal incision nowadays. Laparoscopy has made it possible to drill a hole in the abdominal area and carry out the surgery through it.

Insufficient nutrition is the risk of this method also, forcing the patients to be dependent on supplements for the rest of their lives. And they will never again be able to have more than a specified amount of food. The risk of bleeding is also there.

All these surgeries work towards shrinking the digestive system in one way or another.  Those who have undergone the operation are able to eat only little, forcing the body to burn up the stored fat for daily requirements.

A Lap Band constricting the stomach is a novel weight reduction method. It eliminates the need of incision and the band can be adjusted when fat gets reduced. It is much simpler than surgery at any rate, but is expensive and cannot be reimbursed via medical insurance.

Weight loss is ensured in this method also. The risk here is that of hormonal changes. The patient has to be monitored constantly to avoid risks.  All these surgeries, collectively known as bariatric surgeries, can be Biliopancreatic Diversion, Sleeve gastrectomy, Vertical Banded Gastroplasty, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, or Adjustable gastric band.

A proper regimen of diet and exercises is any day a better bet than surgery.  Those who are left with no option should at least be careful enough to get proper medical guidance.

My opinion is to think about it twice if Weight Loss Surgery is the best option for you.

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