Are You Sure Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Is Your Only Option

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Make Sure Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Is Your Only Option Before Making That Choice

Weigh The Risks vs Benefits

If you are considering bariatric weight loss surgery as your only option, weigh the risks versus benefits very carefully. Obviously, this conversation should be very thorough with your physician. Gastric bypass is the most common bariatric weight loss surgery with about 80% choosing to go that route. Bariatric weight loss surgery.There are different variations of this procedure, but basically gastric bypass reduces the size of the stomach and therefore the amount you can eat at one time and some decrease absorption of nutrients. The body can go through many changes as a result of rapid weight loss such as feeling tired, achy and cold. It may create mood changes and hair loss until your body systems level and adjust. (see web MD slideshow on procedure)

Weigh The Benefits

Your physician may recommend a bariatric weight loss surgery if your obesity is causing severe health problems such as heart disease, severe sleep disturbances, gastric reflux disease, diabetes, severe joint pain, breathing difficulties or other life debilitating concerns. He/she will discuss which procedure is more appropriate for your particular circumstance. Getting the weight off quickly can help dramatically with any of the above conditions.

Weigh The Risks And Potential Side Effects

Of course, there are always the typical risks of having surgery such as bleeding, infection, blood clots or adverse reactions to anesthesia with certain risk to the local area of surgery. Other risks involved with gastric bypass surgeries depend on the actual procedure, but 85% of gastric bypass surgery patients have “dumping” syndrome to some degree, where food dumps into the small intestine too quickly. The food isn’t digested properly. This can cause pain, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, sweating and/or weakness. Sugary foods and high carbohydrate foods tend to make this syndrome worse, so by avoiding those foods, you can decrease this side effect. Other possible side effects or complications could be bowel problems, vomiting, malnutrition, ulcers, gallstones, blood sugar concerns and hernias. Rapid weight loss will also generally cause loose, flabby skin.

Due to the decreased nutrient absorption caused by bariatric weight loss surgery, supplements will have to be taken the rest of your life, especially iron and calcium. If not, it will put you at risk for other conditions. There is also the risk that you will not lose enough weight to adequately help you with your health as well as the risk that you will gain the weight back, which many people do. Many people also have to have subsequent surgeries.

People who choose to have bariatric weight loss surgery need to realize that weight loss occurs gradually over 6 months to 3 years depending on the procedure and compliance with after surgery recommendations for lifestyle changes. The process to lose weight will still require significant changes in the things you eat, exercise level and general daily habits. It is a big step and as mentioned, sometimes it is medically necessary. I think many people get desperate and think a bariatric weight loss surgery will solve all their problems, but don’t realize that they still will need to make significant changes in their lifestyle and nutritional patterns.

Surgery Or Not

Please be sure that you truly have tried everything before considering surgery. Whether you have surgery or not, you will need to make significant changes in your diet and exercise level. Some weight management plans can be enjoyable and may be worth a try before deciding on surgery. You and your physician will likely discuss the things you have tried to be sure it is time for bariatric weight loss surgery, that all other options (including the programs presented on the side of this page), have been exhausted and your health dictates greater potential benefit than risk. If your physician is in agreement, I invite you to consider trying our Herbalife program before making the decision for bariatric weight loss surgery.

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