Weight Loss Surgery
Sep 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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Ten Terms To Know When Considering Weight Loss Surgery
Aug 19th, 2011 by Aldouspi

Ten Terms To Know When Considering Weight Loss Surgery

For those who are morbidly obese, they may be considering weight loss surgery as one of the last options. If you are one that is looking into the idea of weight loss surgery, there are several things that you will want to know. One of these is the terms that are used in relation to what weight loss surgery. Following are ten terms that you should know when considering weight loss surgery.

1. BMI. This also stands for body mass index. This will measure your height and weight, and then determine how overweight you are in relation to the percentage of body fat you have. Your BMI will be the first determination in deciding if you can get weight loss surgery.
2. Morbid Obesity. This term is important because it will define whether you can have weight loss surgery or not. You must be 100 pounds overweight and have a BMI of over 40 in order to be considered for weight loss surgery.
3. Gastric bypass surgery. This type of weight loss surgery is one option for those looking into surgery. It follows a different process than other options, but is well known among weight loss surgeons.
4. Lap Band. This is becoming one of the most popular types of weight loss surgery. It is an adjustable band that is put around your upper stomach during surgery.
5. Adjustable Gastric bands. This is a type of band that is put on during the surgery and can be adjusted depending on your needs. This is one option of surgery for those involved.
6. Restrictive surgery. This type of surgery will focus on your stomach area, working to shrink the stomach as well as provide for your food to be digested differently.
7. Malabsorptive Surgery. This is the second type of surgery used. It will concentrate on either bypassing areas of your intestine or moving the intestine to a different area, which will redirect your food.
8. Informed consent. This is a form that states that you know exactly what the risks and procedures of the surgery are, and are willing to take these risks during the surgery in order to have the procedure done.
9. Laparoscopic Surgery. This uses technology to do the weight loss surgery. It includes making smaller incisions in your abdomen area and using a camera to find where the band or other form of surgery needs to be placed. Regular surgery will usually include one incision that is much larger.
10. Bariatric Surgeon. A bariatric surgeon or procedure is also known as a weight loss surgeon or surgery. This is the common term that will be used in relation to your weight loss surgery.

Knowing these terms will allow you to walk into a surgeon's office and gain the right information for your weight loss surgery. It will also allow you to decide which process and procedures you want to have as well as the effect that it will have on you. By knowing the different terms and understanding how the ideas of weight loss surgery fit together, you can make an informed decision about this procedure.

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