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Worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980 and with obesity comes many diseases like heart attacks, cancer, diabetes, strokes and many more. Obesity is steadily growing in the world and to prevent it, Nowadays there are surgical procedures to get rid of obesity an example would be bariatric surgery.
What Is Weight Loss Surgery?
Weight loss surgery also known as fat loss surgery is where through a procedure, the stomach is reduced in size by a gastric band or by cutting a portion of the stomach resulting in reduced appetite and increased weight loss. There are four main bariatric procedures that are widely used.
- Gastric Bypass
- Gastric Banding
- Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Duodenal Switch
Gastric Bypass is the process where the surgeon leaves only a part of your stomach called the pouch. It is a small part of your stomach which can’t hold a lot of food. So you eat less which makes you lose weight. It is the most performed and common weight loss surgery procedure.
Gastric Banding is the process where the surgeon puts a band around the top of your stomach which controls how tight or lose the band is. Due to the band around your stomach, it limits your food intake which lessens your appetite making you lose weight.
Sleeve Gastrectomy is the process where a surgeon removes all of your stomachs only leaving a gastric sleeve which is a small narrow portion of the stomach located near the top. This surgery also controls your hunger hormone called ghrelin making you want to eat less.
Duodenal switch is the most complicated procedure out of the four listed. It uses a gastric sleeve to bypass most of your small intestines and removes most of the stomach which leaves you eating less. This also means that you get less nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
Reasons why Weight Loss Surgery is Good For You:
Weight loss surgery has a 99.9% survival rate
The risk of dying from weight loss surgery is close to 0%. Statistics from the UK show that from 18000 patients, there was a 99.9% survival rate proving weight loss surgery to be safe.
Weight Loss Surgery is Long Lasting
Patients that have had bariatric surgery felt that three years after they had the surgery, they kept on losing weight. The amount of weight loss depends on each patient and how they maintain a healthy lifestyle after their surgery.
Weight Loss Surgery Improves Your Quality of Life
After going through weight loss surgery, changing your lifestyle from before is very important. Having more nutritious and healthy meals, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight will help the way you live your life as it will decrease the chances of catching diseases.
Weight loss surgery is the best option for patients that are severely obese and are under risks of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and cancer.