New Procedure Offers Weight Loss Surgery Alternative

While weight loss surgery has a track record of success that dates back more than four decades, this option isn’t desired or advisable for all people. When surgery just isn’t a good fit, a new alternative is offering hope for those who need to shed pounds to improve and safeguard health. Called the sleeve gastroplasty, this procedure is similar to the most popular surgical intervention. Unlike the sleeve gastrectomy, however, gastroplasty doesn’t involve surgery.

The sleeve gastroplasty procedure was developed to essentially mimic some of the changes that are created in the body when a gastrectomy is performed. Instead of using a laparoscopic surgical procedure to physically remove a portion of the stomach and reshape the remainder, gastroplasy is performed using an endoscope and a suturing device. Rather than remove a portion of the stomach, which would involve surgery, the gastroplasty calls for cinching the organ. The end result is a smaller, banana-shaped pouch that cannot hold as much food as a normal stomach.

Gastroplasty is seen as a viable option for people who cannot physically undergo surgery, cannot afford it or simply are unwilling to take this course of action. The procedure is considered minimally invasive and isn’t associated with the side effects commonly linked to surgery. Even so, it is important for patients considering gastroplasty to understand that complications may arise. Nausea, vomiting, stomach leakage and infections may result, but are rare.

Researchers have found that gastroplasty does produce significant results. Although not likely to promote the high rate of excess weight loss experienced after the gastrectomy, gastroplasty patients may see as much as 18 percent of their body weight come off after a year.

People who are considered morbidly obese are strongly urged to speak with their healthcare providers about all weight loss options. If surgery isn’t the best choice, gastroplasty may provide the help needed to lose weight and keep it off.



Revision Weight Loss Surgery: Not Common, But Sometimes Needed

Each year thousands of Americans make the decision to address obesity-related concerns by undergoing bariatric surgery. For most patients who choose this path, a single operation will be all that’s necessary to attain the results needed to promote weight loss and improvements to overall health. That is not always the case though. Some people will find secondary procedures are required.

Revision weight loss surgery most commonly arises as a possibility when primary procedures don’t produce the desired impacts. People who undergo lap-band surgery, for example, may find they need to have the band removed because they cannot tolerate it. In these cases, revision surgery may include simultaneous band removal and performance of such procedures as a gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy.

There are a few other circumstances in which a revisionary procedure might be required. Complications arising from the original procedure, for example, could necessitate a second operation. Surgeon error, such as creating a gastric pouch that is too large, may also demand revisions. In addition, a decision to have a more complex procedure may prompt a second operation.

Most people who undergo bariatric surgery will find the results hold up over time rather well. There are circumstances in which going back in might be necessary or desirable. People who undergo bariatric procedures are urged to talk to their doctors if the results attained are not satisfactory. It is also important to bring up any post-surgical issues, as well.

Obesity is estimated to affect an estimated third of the American population. If left unchecked, this condition can take its toll on health while increasing risks for such serious conditions as diabetes, heart disease and even some forms of cancer. People who are overweight should talk to their doctors about all viable weight loss options. Diet and exercise alone may help some people, but others will find bariatric surgery offers them the greatest hope for shedding pounds and keeping them off.

Weight Loss Balloons Can Produce Significant Results

People who are obese, but not considered good candidates for invasive bariatric surgery procedures don’t have to give up hope. A less involved procedure that’s performed on an outpatient basis can help people shed twice as much weight as dieting and exercise alone.

Known as the gastric balloon, this weight-loss method is considered ideal for people who are overweight, but by enough to qualify for surgical intervention. This option is also recommended for those who are severely obese, but who wish to avoid the permanency of procedures like the sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass.

The balloon procedure involves the implantation of a tiny capsule into the stomach. This is generally performed by inserting it via a tube that’s sent from the mouth into the stomach. Once the capsule is in place, a doctor fills up the balloon to enable it to occupy space in the stomach. The end result is a mimicking of common surgical procedures in that the stomach’s holding capacity is greatly diminished. With the balloon in place, people feel fuller faster and are less inclined to eat more than they should. Balloons stay in place for about six months.

While not as permanent as the bypass, for example, the balloon offers some advantages. This less invasive option lays the groundwork for a six-month period of major weight loss. During this timeframe, patients generally undergo nutritional and lifestyle counseling to help them develop habits that will sustain the losses after the balloon is removed. Studies have found that people who undergo balloon procedures can lose about 25 percent of their excess body fat during the six-month period. That’s about twice as much as those who attempt to lose weight by diet and exercise alone.

People who are overweight are strongly urged to talk to their healthcare providers about all weight loss options. Losing weight can dramatically improve health while lowering the risk for serious health complications.

Extra Nutritional Attention May Be Needed for Moms Following Gastric Bypass

Women who are obese and in their child-bearing years may discover conceiving isn’t as easy as they’d hoped. With an eye on boosting the odds in their favor, some women pursue bariatric surgery to address weight-related concerns. One of the most popular procedures – the gastric bypass – has been shown to help improve fertility chances. This operation, however, can increase the chances of infant nutritional concerns.

Recent studies have shown that women who undergo bypass procedures are more likely to have infants who are small for their gestational age. The risk also rises for nutritional deficiencies at birth. Nutritional deficiencies may even occur if an expectant mother takes supplements during a pregnancy, one study suggests. The deficiencies mainly involve vitamin A, zinc and calcium, researchers say.

The findings of the study are not entirely surprising, researchers have noted. Other studies have shown women who undergo gastric bypasses may have nutrient deficiencies themselves due to malabsorption. The newest finding, however, may indicate a need for more rigorous supplementation during pregnancy. It is also recommended that babies be evaluated following birth to ensure their nutrient levels are adequate.

Gastric bypass procedures involve a two-step operation that is designed to help people shed pounds and keep them off. The surgery involves both the surgical shrinking of the stomach and a rerouting of the digestive tract. It’s the second step that reduces the body’s ability to absorb calories, which also limits nutritional intake to an extent. People who undergo this procedure are counseled to balance their diets carefully and to use supplements to ensure proper nutrition.

Obesity can have a direct impact on fertility. Addressing the concern may increase chances of conception. For women who undergo weight loss surgery, there may be a need for more careful monitoring to ensure babies conceived and born are properly nourished along the way.

Diet, Exercise Should Come Before Weight Loss Surgery

Obesity is a serious concern for about a third of the American population. With this condition strongly tied to increased risks for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and a long list of other conditions, addressing it is a must to preserve and protect health. While bariatric surgery to promote weight loss can and does produce tremendous results, the option is strongly urged to be withheld as a last resort in most cases. Although deemed highly safe and effective, weight loss surgery typically does involve a permanent alteration of the body. With that in mind, most healthcare professionals counsel patients to exhaust all reasonable diet and exercise options first.

One diet plan in particular is showing a great deal of promise in helping people who are obese shed pounds. It involves cutting carbohydrate consumption down to size. While once considered one of many fad diets, low-carb eating plans have stood up to the scrutiny dished out by dozens of clinical trials. This diet has been proven to lower weight and blood sugar levels both.

Following a low-carb diet is relatively simple. It calls for cutting down, not entirely eliminating, carbohydrates from the diet. Instead of eating lots of bread, pasta and other carbs, followers of this type of plan incorporate fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and low-fat diary into their meals more readily. Carbs consumed will generally be higher nutrition items like whole grains.

Popular weight loss surgeries like the gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy have long been proven to be highly effective in helping people shed pounds and keep them off. These procedures do call for the alteration of the stomach in a permanent way. Since they are considered major operations, complications and risks do go along with them. Even so, both procedures have been used for a long time and hold a strong track record for safety and success. When diet and exercise do not provide weight loss assistance, these procedures may be the best bet for helping people avoid obesity-related health concerns.

People who are overweight are urged to talk to their healthcare providers to explore all their options. Taking steps to address weight can have a positive impact on overall health.

Gastric Bypass: A Long-Term Success

People who are obese and are concerned about the long-term impacts the condition may have are likely to find their doctors recommending a variety of weight loss options. For those with body mass indexes of 35 or higher and serious risks for health complications, the recommendation may very well be the gastric bypass. This particular procedure has been proven time and again to help people shed weight rather effectively. New studies are now showing the bypass also stands out in helping patients keep weight off over the long haul.

To arrive at the finding that the bypass produces lasting results, researchers looked at data related to thousands of patients. The patients had average BMIs of about 47. Some of the patients underwent gastric bypass procedures, but others opted for different weight loss programs. Over the course of the study, researchers found that patients in the surgery group tended to lose a rather dramatic amount of their baseline weight in the first year or so. Their non-surgical counterparts had barely lost any weight. After 10 years passed, the surgical group had lost about 21 percent more of its baseline weight than the non-surgical group.

The gastric bypass is considered a highly effective weight loss procedure because of its double-step method. The surgery first shrinks the stomach’s food holding capacity. This is achieved by a surgeon essentially creating a smaller stomach pouch, typically through stapling. The second step involves rerouting the digestive system somewhat to limit the body’s ability to absorb calories.

The gastric bypass is a serious procedure, but studies have shown it has near-immediate benefits while helping people maintain their weight loss years down the road. People who are obese are urged to talk to their doctors about all weight loss options. Getting weight under control can greatly reduce the potential for obesity-related health complications.

Gastric Bypass Offers Best Long-Term Results: Study

People who are serious about addressing obesity once and for all are likely to find that the gastric bypass procedure offers them the most effective results over the long run. That’s according to a new study that finds this bariatric surgical procedure tends to stand up better over time in the weight maintenance department when compared to less invasive weight loss measures.

To arrive at their findings, researchers took a look at thousands of records associated with veterans who underwent gastric bypass procedures and those who did not. One year out from surgery, the gastric bypass group had lost about 31 percent of their baseline weight. Researchers found the non-surgical group patients had only lost about 1.1 percent of their baseline. Over a period of 10 years, bypass patients were able to maintain about 21 percent greater weight loss than their counterparts in the non-surgical group.

While the study did not look at other forms of bariatric surgery, such as the sleeve gastrectomy, its findings were rather significant. Researchers noted that gastric patients not only shed a tremendously higher percentage of body fat, but they were able to maintain the step in the right direction for years into the future.

The gastric bypass is a two-part surgery that involves the shrinking of the stomach’s holding capacity. This is achieved by creating a smaller stomach pouch, generally through stapling. In addition to reducing stomach holding capacity, the surgery also reroutes digestion to ensure people absorb fewer calories from the meals they eat. The end result is a procedure that enables people who are considered morbidly obese to lose weight steadily while providing a means for maintaining the loss.

People who are obese or are concerned about becoming so are urged to talk with their doctors. Obesity has been linked to heart disease, diabetes and a host of other life-limiting conditions. Losing weight can dramatically lower risks for complications.

Obesity and Weight Loss: What You Need to Know

With obesity at epidemic proportions in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a number of devices to assist people in shedding pounds. These devices are meant to not only promote weight loss, but also to help prevent serious complications that may arise from the condition. Diabetes, heart disease, some forms of cancer and a host of other issues are all linked to obesity. Choosing to use medically approved weight loss devices to promote shedding of pounds can produce the desired results, but there are some things people need to know about them and obesity in general.

Here are a few facts the FDA is trying to share with people about obesity and weight loss devices:

People who are obese do not stand alone – It is estimated about 68 percent of all adults are considered overweight. An estimated 36 percent of them are obese.
• Devices and surgery are not the first steps – The FDA stresses the best path to weight loss begins with diet and exercise. Should these two healthy choices not have an impact, then devices, surgery and medications should be considered. It is important to remember that medical interventions may have side effects and the potential for complications. Surgeries meant to address obesity, for example are generally invasive.
• Approved devices may make a difference – The FDA has approved a number of devices meant to promote healthy weight loss. They include gastric bands, gastric balloons and the gastric emptying system. Each device approved does require careful monitoring by a healthcare provider.
• Losing weight can be critical for health – Whether devices are indicated or not, people who are overweight or obese are urged to take steps to gain a healthy weight. Doing so can reduce risks for such serious health complications as diabetes, cancer and heart disease, among others.

Obesity is a serious problem in the United States. People will find their doctors have serious solutions that may enable them to shed pounds and keep them off once and for all.

Obesity Rates for Women on the Rise

It is estimated that a third of all Americans are obese, including children. The rate of obesity within a certain subset of the population, however, is growing faster than the others. According to new data, an estimated 40 percent of American women are considered obese. The data comes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and represents a troubling trend that can have serious repercussions down the road.

The data released by the CDC comes from a 2013-14 study that looked at the obesity rates in the United States. It is now estimated that about 35 percent of the male population also struggles with weight.

Finding that the obesity rate is climbing rather than declining is bad news for a multitude of reasons. Obesity has long been linked to a number of potentially life-limiting illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer. While much attention has been focused on the need for people to gain and maintain healthy weight levels, the findings show increases are occurring despite efforts.

Considering the health impacts of obesity, especially in the long run, it is important for people who are overweight to consider their options. These tips can help promote healthy weight loss:

• Seek medical advice – If obesity is a concern, speaking with a healthcare provider may open up a host of possibilities for addressing the issue. Medically supervised diet programs may offer the assistance some people need. Others may find their best bet for shedding pounds is found in bariatric surgery.
• Incorporate healthy lifestyle choices – Proper diet and exercise can make a big difference in the weight loss picture. Work these things into the routine and also consider paying attention to triggers that may promote overeating. Identify issues that prompt poor eating habits and working to overcome them can make a big difference.

Obesity is a real concern in the United States. Individuals who are concerned about their weight will find help is available. The best place to start is by talking with a healthcare provider for insights, advice and recommendations.

Weight Loss Surgery Can Help Type 2 Diabetics, Doctors Say

As more studies support the idea that bariatric surgery can help type 2 diabetics better manage and even reverse their disease, doctors and researchers across the globe are pushing for this treatment to be more readily offered to patients with uncontrolled symptoms who happen to be obese or mildly obese. In the United Kingdom, for example, doctors are recommending this intervention for more than 100,000 patients who might not have otherwise qualified based on their body mass indexes alone. Globally, more than 45 international medical organizations are now recommending bariatric surgery as a viable treatment for some cases of type 2 diabetes.

Obesity and type 2 diabetes have long been strongly linked through research. Obesity is known to greatly increase a person’s risk for developing this disease and it may also make controlling it quite difficult if it does present. A number of studies have shown that procedures, such as the gastric bypass, help type 2 diabetics better control their blood sugar levels by improving insulin sensitivity and lowering inflammation in the body. Some studies have shown that bypasses can even help some type 2 diabetics completely reverse their symptoms. While research is still under way to better understand why surgical weight loss promotes better control of diabetes, some studies have indicated that a change in gut microorganisms may get some of the credit.

At present, gastric bypasses are generally reserved for people with a BMI of 40 or above. For those with diabetes and other obesity related conditions, a BMI of 35 or higher may open the door for surgical intervention. As more doctors push for changes, it is possible type 2 diabetics with lower BMIs may find bariatric surgery made available to them as a treatment option.

People who are obese are urged to speak with their healthcare providers about all weight loss options. Losing weight can dramatically improve health and may help with the control of certain conditions, such as diabetes.