People who are obese and are looking for medical interventions to help them address weight-related concerns will find many options are now available to them. Aside from standard diet and exercise, doctors can now help with medications, nonsurgical procedures and different bariatric surgery techniques. When it comes to sustainable weight loss assistance, however, studies are finding the gastric bypass may offer the biggest benefits.
The gastric bypass is one of the most commonly used bariatric procedures. This surgery enables patients to lose weight and keep it off by taking a two-pronged approach. Much like a sleeve gastrectomy, the first prong involves shrinking the stomach’s holding capacity. This enables people to feel fuller faster, promoting a reduction in food consumption. The second prong involves rerouting a portion of the digestive track to promote reduced calorie absorption. Research has long shown this procedure can have tremendous and lasting benefits to assist with weight loss.
A new study backs up the findings even more over the long-term as opposed to other surgical interventions. To better understand the long-term benefits of weight loss surgery, a multi-part study was conducted. Thousands of patients were included in the study. Some underwent gastric bypasses, others had banding procedures and some had sleeve gastrectomy procedures performed. The researchers ultimately found that gastric bypass patients were able to maintain their weight loss more readily over the course four years than people who underwent different procedures.
Obesity can have ramification that go well beyond appearance. People who are severely overweight are at risk for such health problems as diabetes and heart attacks. Losing weight can dramatically lower the risks for developing life-limiting conditions. To find out more about weight loss options, both surgical and non-surgical, speak with a licensed healthcare provider. Losing weight can dramatically improve health and may even help treat and/or reverse some related medical concerns, such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
Carrying around an extra 100 or more pounds on a daily basis can take its toll on a person’s life in the present and future. When those pounds come off, however, some people find they feel better, look better and are much less likely to develop serious weight-related medical conditions. With that in mind, many seriously obese people consider the solution that bariatric surgery can provide for them.
While bariatric surgery has proven itself incredibly helpful for assisting those who struggle with excess weight, there are some things patients need to understand. Bariatric surgery is not a magic solution that will guarantee weight lost is kept off forever. It can have dramatic impacts in helping diets become much more successful, but it is up to the patient – not the surgeon – to produce effects that truly change lives.
What Patients Need to Know
Bariatric surgery has been the focus of much study in recent years with most studies finding it can truly prove to be the boost those suffering from obesity need to shed the pounds. That said, however, patients need to understand that:
• Bariatric surgery alone won’t do the trick – In order for patients to experience success, they must follow post-surgical diets and even begin exercise routines.
• Bariatric surgery is often permanent – While it’s not always the case, many types of bariatric surgery involved the permanent alteration of the stomach. Patients who opt to go in that direction will find what is done cannot be undone.
• Support following surgery must continue – Bariatric surgery patients often seek out and receive a great deal of support in the first few months to years after surgery. After about the three-year mark, however, some drop up from obtaining continued support and see their weight climb as a result. The struggle with weight is often a life-long concern, even if surgery is performed.
• The surgery is not the diet – Weight loss surgery is not a diet. It is meant to help make diets more effective.
People who are considering weight loss surgery are urged to speak with a licensed healthcare provider. This option can help the pounds come off, but it’s up to patients to ensure that the results are truly life-changing.
While the reversible lap band procedure offers tremendous help for many people, the reality is this surgery doesn’t prove helpful for all. If complications have arisen following the placement of a lap band or the desired results aren’t achieved, there’s a new option for getting rid of the band without walking away from the benefits bariatric surgery can deliver. Laparoscopic removal of the band followed by a sleeve gastrectomy can provide the symptom relief necessary without losing the weight loss benefits in the process.
Bariatric surgeons are now able to perform removal of the band and conversion to a sleeve gastrectomy in a single procedure. This procedure is involved and does require hospitalization, but it can deliver the long-term results desired without concerns about the potential problems of the gastric band. Since it’s performed with a laparoscope, the need for large incisions is not present and the healing time tends to be a great deal shorter than other options.
During this procedure, a doctor will permanently remove the lap band from the stomach. This can be required due to slipping or side effects, such as continuous heartburn. Once the band is gone, the doctor will begin to perform the sleeve gastrectomy. This permanent weight loss surgery involves a removal of about 75 percent of the stomach. What is left in place is shaped like a banana or sleeve. The procedure also removes the portion of the stomach that produces grehlin, the hormone responsible for making people feel hungry. The end result is a stomach with a much lower holding capacity and a reduced urge to eat.
Lap band surgery can produce amazing results for most people, but this procedure doesn’t always provide the desired long-term effects. If there’s a need to try a different option, a relatively new procedure enables conversion in a single procedure.
If you’re interested in removing your lap band in favor of a sleeve gastrectomy consult with your physician. He or she is best positioned to help you decide if this choice is the best in your particular case.
Losing weight and keeping that weight off is a commitment that we make to ourselves every day. It’s something that we need to navigate through the terrain of our everyday life. We’ve put together an eating plan, we’ve committed to regular exercise, we’ve figured out how to order at our favorite restaurants in a way that still allows us to maintain our commitment to staying healthy, and we’ve worked out our daily routine to make sure that our health is always front and center in our mind. But then the party invitation comes and our resolve is shaken.
Whether it’s a small dinner party or a larger gathering, parties can present their own unique challenges. It’s not just trying to figure out what we can eat amidst a variety of questionable food choices. When it comes to food, people can take it very personally and it may seem difficult to turn down food that is offered because we’re worried about hurting someone’s feelings.
Being invited to a party should be a happy thing – a time to spend with family and/or friends without the stress of food choices resting on your shoulders. Here are some tips for approaching a party comfortably:
* Talk to your host ahead of time. If you are close enough to the person hosting the party and feel like refusing certain foods may be taken the wrong way then be proactive and have a conversation before the party. Explain that you’re on a particular food plan and that while no special foods need to be made for you it’s important that you are given the respect and space to choose what you want to eat and not eat.
* Eat beforehand. Going into a party hungry when you don’t know what food choices are going to be available, can be risky. Alleviate some of the risk by eating a little something healthy beforehand so that you don’t have to go into a party feeling desperate to eat no matter what the choice.
* Accept food but eat only a bite or two. If you feel that turning down food completely will put you in an awkward position, then just accept what is being offered and eat only a few bites – enough to enjoy the taste and feel satisfied without feeling full.
If you’ve made the decision to have bariatric surgery, you certainly may feel a huge sense of relief; you’ve taken the time to learn about your options, determined what was right for you, and set a date to undergo the procedure that could ultimately change your life. This is an exciting time in your life in which you can begin to take charge of your health and do something for yourself that can extend your life.
With surgery on the horizon, it is important to prepare appropriately so that you can optimize your chances for success in your health and weight loss management.
- Make sure you understand the details of the surgical procedures you have chosen; what to expect the day of the surgery in terms of pre-op and post-op procedures.
- Complete all pre-admission paperwork and testing.
- Talk to your doctor about how to prepare for the surgery at home. What should your diet be in preparation for the surgery? What exercise should you be doing if any? Is there anything else you should be doing to prepare?
- If you’re a smoker, stop before surgery. Smoking increases your chances of developing infections following the surgery.
- Stop taking Aspirin, Aleve, Ibuprofen, etc. prior to surgery as they can thin the blood. Talk to your doctor about any other medications that you are currently taking.
- What level of pain and discomfort can you expect following your surgery? What are your options for pain relief?
- What can you expect after surgery? How long can you expect to be recovering? What are the symptoms of any potential complications?
- What are the follow-up procedures following surgery? When do you meet with your surgeon for follow-up visits and how often?
- What is your diet following surgery? It is important to consider how your diet will change after surgery and how your lifestyle choices will impact your success.
Contact the Nicholson Clinic today for more information about preparing for bariatric surgery or attend one of our free seminars to learn more!