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Two Weight Loss Surgery Procedures Measure Up after 3 Years

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Have you tried every diet under the sun but still cannot manage to lose any weight? If you are seriously obese, now may be the time to consider these two weight loss surgery procedures that according to Diabetes Forecast show lasting benefits up to 3 years following surgery.


Weight Loss Surgery Procedure #1: Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass is a surgical procedure that works towards weight loss by basically changing how your stomach and small intestine processes the food you eat. This is accomplished by basically making your stomach smaller and rerouting your food further down the digestive tract to prevent most of it from being absorbed during digestion.

During gastric bypass surgery you will be asleep while under general anesthesia during which the surgeon will:

1. Make your stomach smaller by dividing your stomach into a small upper section and larger lower section with staples. Food will stay in the upper pouch section, which will be only the size of a walnut.

2. Reroute food from the small pouch directly to a region of the small intestine by creating a path that will bypass the lower stomach section and a good portion of the digestive tract. Doing this will result in your body absorbing fewer calories.

The procedure itself takes 2-3 hours and most patients are ready to go home in about 3-5 days.

According to Diabetes Forecast, The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that of 1,738 patients ( both with and without diabetes) who had gastric bypass surgery, the average amount of weight lost was 90 pounds within 3 years following the surgery. Furthermore, of those who were diagnosed as diabetic before the surgery, 62% went into diabetes remission.

Weight Loss Surgery Procedure #2: Gastric Banding

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Gastric banding is the insertion of an inflatable band-like device that surrounds a portion of the stomach and squeezes it into an upper pouch section without totally sealing if off from the remainder of the stomach.

Like a gastric bypass, it creates a small upper pouch where food is taken in during a meal and severely limits the amount of food that can be eaten during a meal. However, gastric banding differs in that the food is not rerouted via a bypass; but rather, continues on toward the lower stomach where normal digestion and absorption of nutrients takes place.

Another difference between the two types of surgeries is that Gastric banding allows easy adjustment of the size of the upper stomach pouch to vary the amount of food the patient can handle during meals.

The procedure itself takes 30-60 minutes and most patients are ready to go home the same day of the surgery.

According to Diabetes Forecast, The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that gastric banding resulted in an average loss of 44 pounds within 3 years following the surgery in 610 patients. Furthermore, 27% achieved diabetes remission.

In addition to diabetes remission and significant weight loss, both surgeries resulted in improved blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

It is important to remember that weight loss surgery is a last resort measure that is recommended only for those who are dangerously obese and have been unable to lose weight through exercise and dieting. Before surgery, patients often have to go through counseling and repeat visits with physicians to ensure that they well informed of the risks and benefits behind each procedure.

Find out now what weight loss surgery procedure experts say beats gastric bypass and why it does.

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Reference: Diabetes Forecast magazine, February 2014 issue