With the rising American obesity epidemic there is indeed surgery to reduce obesity. Typically surgery is considered the last resort after all other methods of losing weight have failed.
All operations, including surgeries for weight loss include an element of risk and all other alternatives to surgery should be exhausted. All doctors and surgeons have different opinions and will offer you different advice. Read this article to find out some basic facts on surgery and obesity.
Who Should Have Weight Loss Surgery?
Surgery to reduce obesity is not for everyone. Physically speaking, if your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or above, or if your BMI is 35-40 but you have series obesity health problems such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, heart disease or cholesterol then it could be worth considering weight reduction surgery with your doctor.
Mentally speaking, even if you meet the physical criteria, you as a person need to be mentally ready to change life-long habits. The surgery will not itself cure obesity.
Surgery should only be considered a step to helping with weight reduction, and you will need commitment to create permanent changes and incorporate them in your life. If you can not commit to life changes such as a rigorous change in diet and starting an exercise program, then maybe surgery isn't for you.
Typical Surgery Options
The most typical types of surgery to reduce obesity include gastric banding, gastric stapling and bypass surgeries to reduce and promote weight loss. Typically there are physically restrictive surgeries but invasive gastric bypass surgeries will alter a person’s digestive system as well to reduce calorie absorption in a person’s body.
After surgery, obesity will not just go away, the surgery will help restrict calorie intake but the surgery itself can only be used as a guide to help people control their diet – it is not the whole solution to tackling obesity and all surgeries must be used in conjunction with traditional weight loss plans to be effective.
Choosing Your Weight Loss Surgery
Everyone is different and selecting the right surgery for you should be done together with your doctor. You doctor will more than likely consider your current health, body type and your health history. If you have considered surgery to reduce obesity or you have had already had abdominal surgery before then your surgery options may not be as broad.
There are specialists who specialize in weight loss surgeries, but remember, the surgery cannot tackle obesity on its own and people are often left very disappointed with the results after surgery. You will need a support group and a plan to lose weight which includes a conscious decrease in calories and an increase in exercise. This weight loss plan, combined with the surgery will help you fight obesity! You can do it!