Weight Loss Surgery
September 17th, 2011 by Aldouspi

Weight Loss Surgery

For many people the option of choosing weight loss surgery is very attractive, especially if they have a lot of weight to lose. For a lot of people who take this route it is because they have tried on many occasions to lose their excess weight by lots of different means which include diet, medication and exercise. However whilst weight loss surgery can appear to be an attractive proposition, it can carry its own problems as well.

Any type of surgery involves risks, and that includes the risks from both the procedure itself and also the effects of anesthetic used. Ironically a person may be considered so overweight, the surgeon is reluctant to perform any type of surgery in case they expire on the table. This is usually the case if the person has health related issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease etc that can exacerbate quickly into an emergency.

There are also the added risks after the operation as unfortunately they don't stop once the surgery has been completed.

It is important that anyone who is considering weight loss surgery do their due diligence and look at their options carefully. They should also ensure they choose their surgeon very carefully and ensure he is thoroughly researched. A good surgeon can also be found by word of mouth.

When it comes to a decision about the actual type of surgery to be used, there are a couple of different surgical procedures that can be used. These include laparoscopy surgery where the incisions made are very small (and carry less risk of side effects), or procedures such as a gastric bypass which involves a much bigger wound.

After undergoing weight loss surgery, patients are usually uncomfortable and in some degree of pain for several weeks afterwards whilst their wound heals. Also for those first few weeks, they are only able to tolerate a liquid diet which is made up of supplements and other nutrients.

Normal food can only be added to the diet in small measures and has to be given carefully to avoid upsetting the patient's digestion system which is now very delicate. If not introduced carefully, then the person is liable to start vomiting or passing very loose stools.

There is a condition which some weight loss surgery patients may be prone to called "dumping". This happens when food travels too quickly to the large intestine from the stomach. They then experience nausea, dizziness, loose stools and some abdominal cramping.

Unfortunately dumping is quite common after weight loss surgery especially if they have undergone a gastric bypass.

Eventually the stomach adapts to it's new shape and except for some minor problems the person is able to adapt to their new style of eating, However it is important that those people who have undergone this type of surgery are aware of other side effects of their weight loss surgery such as heartburn, indigestion, vomiting, stomach ulcers and dehydration.

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