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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Who is Not a Good Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery
Jul 26th, 2011 by Aldouspi

Who is Not a Good Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery

When diet and exercise fails to help a person lose the extra weight, weight loss surgery is often considered. This is not a quick fix and it is not an easy weight loss plan. Weight loss surgery takes time to heal, it can be expensive and it requires a complete change in diet, exercise and attitudes. There are many people who are good candidates for this type of surgery; however, there are just as many people who should not consider weight loss surgery.

Weight loss surgery requires that a person make a complete change in their attitudes and behaviors. Having the surgery alone will not result in drastic weight loss. A person who has had the surgery must learn how to eat and what foods to eat. In addition, exercise is critical after having this surgery. Doctors that perform these types of surgery generally ask their patients to exercise at least thirty minutes a day five days a week. Those having this surgery must also learn to prepare their healthy foods and learn listen to their body when they are full. People who cannot commit to these drastic lifestyle changes or do wish to change their habits are not considered good weight loss surgery candidates. For that reason, doctors ask that their patients make every possible effort to lose weight using other methods before considering this surgery.

In addition, patients who are not considered morbidly obese are not good candidates for weight loss surgery. General guidelines states that patients should be at least 100 pounds overweight or rate a 40 or above on the body mass index rating before being considered for this type of surgery. Sometimes, those who weigh 80 pounds or more will be considered if they suffer from obesity related illnesses.

Weight loss surgery is not right for people who suffer from certain diseases and illnesses. Those with certain inflammatory diseases such as gastrointestinal tract disorders, ulcers, severe esophagitis or Crohn's disease will not be considered for this surgery. If a person has severe problems that cause bleeding in the stomach such as dilated veins or congenital abnormalities in the stomach, intestines, or esophagus or have chronic pancreatitis should also try other weight loss methods other than weight loss surgery. These conditions can cause serious problems following weight loss surgery. If you have one of these conditions, you should always let you doctor know so he or she can adequately assess your condition and determine a course of treatment.

A person who ahs experienced an injury at the surgery site, such as a gastric perforation cannot have weight loss surgery. Also those with cirrhosis of the liver and portal hypertension are not good candidate. Women who are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant should not consider weight loss surgery as an option for losing weight. This can be dangerous because there are less calories and nutrients absorbed by the body following surgery. Those who have the Lap-Band procedure can consider pregnancy after one year following their weight loss surgery.

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