Are Weight Loss Surgeries Right For You?

5 February 2012, 01:01 | Posted under by Tatiana

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Millions of people throughout the world want to lose weight. Because of this, weight loss products are flooding the market. Everything from diet foods and plans to workouts and miracle pills. However, perhaps the most controversial of these weight loss methods are the weight loss surgeries.
While the idea of going to sleep, being able to have a surgery performed and waking up thin is appealing, it isn’t, in reality, what happens. Surgery, of any kind, for any reason is dangerous and should never be taken lightly. Weight loss surgery, specifically requires that the patient be mentally and physically prepared for the success or failure of the procedure.
There are a number of surgery options available, each with their own complication risks and side effects. While these types of surgeries may offer some help to a number of patients, they also have serious risks that need to be addressed and weighed before proceeding with any weight loss surgical procedure.
In general, weight loss surgery is performed on the stomach. This involves the creation of a small pocket at the top of the stomach; this pocket is able to hold only a small amount of food. The purpose of this pocket is to encourage the patient to eat smaller amounts of food, therefore losing weight. Another variation of this procedure is to vertically divide the stomach into 2 parts.
Depending upon the need, another step to the surgery may be taken where part of the small intestine is actually bypassed during the food digestion process. This allows for fewer calories to be absorbed by the body and, in theory, causes the patient to experience weight loss.
The previous types of procedures are examples of the most common types of weight loss surgeries that are performed. These are only examples and are by no means meant to be representative of all weight loss surgery options.
The desired result of weight loss surgery is for the patient to eat less, absorb less calories and lose weight. The fact that the new stomach holds less food is supposed to make the patient feel full sooner than they did in the past. In cases where the surgery is successful, the patient can eventually eat larger amounts of food, however not reaching pre-surgery amounts.
Some common side effects of weight loss surgery are nausea, which may pass; infection at the incision point, leakage of the stomach contents into the abdomen wall, even the stomach pocket stretching to allow too much food. However, perhaps the most dangerous and unintended side effect of these surgeries is gaining weight. Too often people are under the impression that once they have the surgery, they can eat whatever, whenever they want; as long as they don’t get sick, they think they will be fine. However, as with any diet plan, maybe more so, weight loss surgery must be part of a lifestyle change. If it isn’t, the weight will come back.
When considering any type of weight loss surgery, it is important to factor in any and all possible complications and whether or not they are worth the intended results. Speak with doctors and past surgery patients before making this important decision.