There is a growing concern over the increased number of individuals who are obese. There are things people can do to stop this trend. There is hardly any positive outcome to being obese. Obesity means you are at a higher risk of contracting cancer, type II diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke, joint ailments such as arthritis, breathing problems, among others.
Eating too much food and not enough exercise is the first culprit for obesity. Dieting and exercise are important when it comes to keeping your body weight in check. But if you are already obese, you need to address the excess weight first. Weight loss surgery shall be the next best thing for them to do. When your weight is in a safe band, you can start working on diet and exercise.
There is the lap band and gastric bypass surgery to think of. There are risks and benefits each present, that you must decide upon.
Gastric bypass surgery has some steps to it. The stomach is shrunk by stapling it, sections of the intestines are the bypassed, and the remaining portions of it surgically attached to the pouches of the stomach. The patient will thus not manage to eat as much food as they used to. The shortened intestines also inhibits much absorption of the nutrients from food. There shall be rapid weight loss, as evidenced by most of the patients in the world. This is not a procedure for those who fear invasive forms of surgery. It will, therefore, have more chances of complications arising, than if the patient had decided to have a lap band surgery. There is also a concern for the little number of nutrients that get absorbed from the foods one gets to eat. This is also a procedure that once performed, shall be hard to reverse successfully. This has resulted in more deaths than any other form of weight loss surgery.
When it comes to lap band surgery, a patient will have an adjustable band installed around the upper section of their stomach. This will minimize the amount of food the patient shall hold, given the reduced size of the stomach. This also means that food will take a significant time leaving the stomach for the intestines. It is effective in the sense that it limits the amount of food eaten, slows digestion, and minimizes the patient’s appetite. The body’s ability to receive essential nutrients will remain intact. It is a less invasive option. It will also be less risky reversing it. Malnutrition is not an issue, since nutrient absorption is not affected. It has caused as a procedure fewer deaths. The weight loss is however slower. You will also need more follow-up care.