Top benefits of weight loss surgery

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If you struggle with severe obesity, then you know it is a serious condition. Your weight has reached a point that new diets cannot help, and exercise is painful or difficult. If you have tried multiple treatment options, and your weight continues to rise, it is time for a different approach.

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When diet and exercise do not work to either shed large amounts of unhealthy weight or to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat, there are several surgical options available. Bariatric surgery and liposuction have different benefits. However, one benefit that they share is the ability to improve the quality of your life.

Bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery is a procedure that alters the anatomy of the stomach and sometimes the intestines. The surgery creates a much smaller working area in your stomach, which helps you feel fuller faster. Some of the procedures bypass the first several centimeters of the small intestine. When the food you eat skips the beginning part of your small intestine, your body absorbs fewer nutrients and less fat.

There are four common types of bariatric weight loss surgery: Adjustable Gastric Band (AGB), Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB), Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) and Biliopancreatic Diversion with a Duodenal Switch (BPD-DS). Your body is unique, so you have to talk to a surgeon to find out which one is right for you.

Bariatric surgery can offer a variety of benefits. You can experience rapid weight loss for up to 36 months after the surgery. As your weight decreases, your mood may also improve. In addition, since losing weight makes it easier for you to move, your increased physical activity can add to the quality of your life. You will still need to exercise and stick to a specific diet. However, you can maintain your weight loss long-term and continue to experience a better life. You may also find that post-surgery hormonal changes can help reduce your hunger.

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You may also experience an improvement in obesity related conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and sleep apnea. Many patients discover that they can reduce or eliminate some of their medications after losing weight.

Liposuction

If you have lost most of your excess weight but still have stubborn areas of fat that diet and exercise have not reduced, then liposuction, also called lipo, may be an option for you. Liposuction is not used as a treatment for obesity but as a cosmetic procedure. Good candidates for liposuction are generally in a healthy weight range, want to gain more definition and have good skin elasticity. Liposuction procedures reduce fat but cannot tighten skin.

Liposuction is used to slim and define areas of fatty deposits that diets and exercises are not able to eliminate. These common areas include the cheeks, jawline, upper arms, back, buttocks, love handles, hips, thighs and calves.

Liposuction can also be used to treat specific medical conditions. This includes benign fatty tumors, also known as lipomas, and gynecomastia, which is a condition in men who develop fatty breast tissue. Lipodystrophy syndrome, which is a disturbance of fat metabolism that causes too much fat in one body area and too little in another body area, can also be treated with liposuction.

Both bariatric surgery and liposuction are serious medical procedures and have risks. You must research your options carefully and talk to your surgeon. You can learn more about the benefits of bariatric surgery and liposuction and how they will affect your life long-term.

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Comments

It is often a scary situation when one is confronted with bariatric surgery. But, as you mentioned, the benefits can be substantial. If recommended by your physician, it shouldn't be dismissed out of hand. Great explanations.