Bariatric Surgery Info

About Weight Loss Surgery To Reduce Severe Clinical Obesity

Articles about Operations like Gastric Bypass, and Gastric Banding, Using Laparoscopic and Open Surgery Techniques

 

Bariatric Information

Guide to Weight Loss Surgery (WLS)
How WLS Works
How to Qualify
Types Of WLS
Health Benefits of WLS
Complications of WLS
After Weight Loss Surgery
Dumping Syndrome
How Dumping Occurs
Eating After WLS
Diet Plan After Bypass
WLS Support Groups
Cost of Weight Loss Surgery
Find a Surgeon for WLS
Bariatric Statistics
Weight Loss Program Option
How Effective Is WLS
Results of Bariatric Surgery
Success Rates of WLS
Why WLS Doesn't Work
Quality of Life After Bypass

NOTE
Bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery refers to any gastric procedure designed to reduce food intake or calorie absorption in order to treat morbid obesity.

Bariatric Operations

Laparoscopic Surgery Guide
Gastric Bypass Guide
Health Dangers of Bypass
What is Gastric Banding
Restrictive WLS
Restrictive: Benefits/ Risks
Restrictive vs. Malabsorbtive
Malabsorptive WLS
Malabsorptive WLS: Benefits
Vertical Gastrectomy

What Weight Loss Surgery Does
Stomach banding operations reduce the functional size of our stomach (with a gastric band, silastic ring or staples). This restricts the amount of food we can eat at one meal. By reducing our calorie intake, it causes us to lose weight. Stomach bypass procedures go further. This type of surgery reduces the amount of eaten food that can be absorbed in our digestive tract. So not only do we eat less calories, we also absorb less calories. This is why gastric bypass surgery tends to produce greater weight loss than other bariatric operations.

BPD

Biliopancreatic Diversion
Biliopancreatic Operation
Health Benefits of BDP
Health Risks of BDP
Quality of Life After Bypass

BPD/DS

Duodenal Switch Procedure
Duodenal Switch Operation
Duodenal Switch Benefits
Duodenal Switch Risks

Fobi Pouch

Fobi Pouch Gastric Bypass
Fobi Pouch Benefits
Fobi Pouch Risks

Lap Banding

Adjustable Gastric Banding
Lap Band Procedure
Lap Band Operation
Lap Band Benefits/ Risks
Post-Operative Follow-Up

Stomach Stapling

Gastroplasty Operations
Vertical Banding
Silastic Gastric Ring
Gastric Stapling
Stomach Stapling Procedure
Stapling Benefits/ Risks
Post-Operative Recovery
Stomach Stapling Results

NOTE
After gastric reduction, patients
must adhere to a very strict
dietary regime, starting with a liquids-only diet and progressing
to a healthy low-fat eating plan.
In addition, gastric bypass
patients need to take nutritional supplements for life. Failure to follow post-operative guidelines on eating & exercise habits may lead to weight regain. So inform yourself about all aspects of the bypass or banding operation you are considering, and ask about support groups to help you eat properly afterwards.

Bariatric Research

Research Into Gastric Pacemaker/Stimulator
Gastric Banding
Biliopanceatic Bypass
Gastric Bypass
Research into VBG
Bariatric Research Articles
Obesity Surgery Research
Gastric Surgery Studies
Stomach Bypass Research
Stomach Banding Research
Gastric Reduction Research
Gastroplasty Research
Laparoscopic WLS
Research Into Health Complications of WLS
Research into Nutrition After Gastric Bypass
WLS Psychosocial Factors

A Bariatric Surgery Story

Not many years ago, I suffered from what doctors call malignant obesity, that's about 200 pounds or more over ideal body weight. Even now, I can't admit exactly how overweight I was. Thankfully, I was lucky. I managed to lose weight and over a period of years I have managed to achieve a sense of normality. But it hasn't been easy.

My Weight Loss Experience

My journey from clinical malignant obesity, through morbid obesity and overweight, down to a relatively healthy weight, opened my eyes to both benefits and drawbacks of weight loss surgery. And I decided that, given the opportunity, I would explain the complications and the success rates of gastric bypass procedures, as well as the costs and issues about medical insurance cover, to others who are obese - just like I was - in the hope that it might offer them the support and advice that I lacked. Hence this information resource about gastric reduction surgery.

Bariatric Surgery: No Quick-Fix

I am not a spokesperson for weight loss surgeons, nor do I recommend bariatric surgery for everyone. Indeed, I can vouch for the fact that these surgical operations are no easy answer. And the side-effects, both immediately after the operation and in the longer-term, can be quite distressing!

But if I can explain some of the issues surrounding gastric surgery - the risks as well as the benefits - then I feel that I might make a difference... to someone at least.


Weight Loss Surgery Won't Cure Your Obesity Problem By Itself

Bariatric surgeons operate on your body, NOT on your mind. So if you have failed to lose weight with conventional dietary methods, DON'T EXPECT to get an easy ride, just by having a gastric bypass operation. The typical diet program after gastric bypass is so restrictive that patients frequently find it too difficult. This is why many bariatric patients end up cheating and even gain weight over the following years. Instead, see weight loss surgery as an opportunity to start over and learn new healthy eating and fitness habits.


Is Bariatric Surgery Effective?

Given the serious, even life-threatening effects of severe clinical obesity, many medical experts support surgical methods to reduce morbid obesity, citing the relative ineffectiveness of conventional treatments such as diet, exercise and lifestyle counseling. However, others are concerned about the relative high rate of perioperative and post-operative complications of bariatric surgery, plus the difficulties experienced by patients in adapting to their new diet. Although research into surgical techniques, health risks and psychosocial factors is ongoing, the bottom line appears to be this:

  • Bariatric procedures are serious operations with a risk of significant complications. Many gastric surgeries are irreversible. Thus before deciding, candidates should thoroughly discuss all their options with their doctor.
  • Patients must have realistic and informed expectations about the impact of surgery on their weight, body shape and eating habits.
  • After surgery, it is vital to adhere strictly to the proper dietary and exercise guidelines.
  • Participation in post-operative support groups is beneficial for many patients.

After Weight Loss Surgery

Most patients who undergo gastric bypass, or some form of gastric banding procedure, do lose weight. Many lose a lot of weight. But this massive weight loss brings problems of its own. Typically patients are left with large folds of excess skin, along with loose muscles and sometimes localized pockets of unsightly fat tissue. In such cases, bariatric plastic surgery, or lipoplasty (liposuction), can help to reshape the normal structures of the body in order to improve appearance and self-esteem. That said, plastic surgery is no easy option. Mostly, it involves exchanging one cosmetic problem (eg. loose skin) for another (scars). As always, seek advice from your doctor before taking a decision.

Plastic Surgery After Weight Reduction

Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss
Costs of Plastic Surgery
Statistics
Find a Plastic Surgeon

Bariatric Plastic Surgery Procedures

What is Abdominoplasty Plastic Surgery?
Partial Abdominoplasty/Mini-Tummy Tuck
Endoscopic Abdominoplasty Guide
Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Guide
Body Lift (Torsoplasty) Guide
Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Guide
Dermolipectomy Procedure Explained
Face Lift (Rhytidectomy) Guide
Gynecomastia (Enlarged Male Breasts)
Male Breast Reduction Guide
Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty) Guide
Panniculectomy Surgery Procedure
Panniculectomy After Weight Loss
Thigh Lift (Thighplasty) Guide


Need Advice About Surgery?

If so, talk to your doctor. Only your personal medical adviser can give you accurate advice about whether weight loss surgery is a good option for you. However, you will find a wide range of general information about gastrointestinal surgery on this website, together with contact details for several official organizations involved in bariatrics.

After Gastric Reduction Surgery

Unfortunately, many bariatric patients think that having surgery is going to solve their obesity problem without further effort. Nothing is further from the truth! It is only after having lap band or gastric bypass that the struggle begins. To begin with, it is vital for all patients to follow their post-operative dietary guidelines, about what foods to eat, how fast to eat and what types of food to avoid. In addition, it is vital to start taking exercise and gradually raise our fitness levels in order to recover mobility and health. Lastly, patients who undergo bypass and some restrictive surgeries are required to follow a lifelong plan of nutritional supplements to maintain adequate intake of vitamins and minerals.No bariatric surgeon can guarantee weight reduction after any type of bypass or stomach banding operation without proper dietary and exercise compliance by the patient.

Opportunity to Reduce Obesity

Rather than seeing bariatric type surgery as the solution to your weight problem, see it as an opportunity to relearn good eating and exercise habits. Above all, follow the advice of your surgeon and dietitian as closely as possible. By doing this you get all the benefits of weight loss surgery including reduced risk of diabetes, cholesterol, heart disease and cancer. But if you cheat, weight reduction becomes slower and slower and you may regain most of the weight you lose.

Obesity Health

Body Mass Index & Obesity
Obesity Definition
Health Risks of Obesity
Weight Related Risks
Morbid Obesity Surgeries
Effect of WLS on Life Quality of Morbidly Obese
Obesity Levels USA
Obesity Levels Worldwide
Obesity Mortality Rate
Obesity Risk For Diabetes
Surgical Treatment - Obesity
Surgical Reduction - Obesity
Treatment Of Obesity
Surgery for Obesity

Roux-en-Y

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Roux-en-Y Operation
Laparoscopic Method
Open Surgery Method
Roux-en-Y Bypass Risks
Roux-en-Y Bypass Benefits
Post-Operative Recovery
Roux-en-Y Evaluation

Bariatric Resources

Weight Loss Diets
WLS Resources
WLS Clinics
Weight Loss Help Forum

Details of Lipoplasty

Liposuction Surgery
Types Of Liposuction
Risks of Liposuction
Cost of Liposuction
Best Candidates

NOTE
Liposuction, also called lipoplasty or liposculpture or suction lipectomy, refers to a cosmetic operation during which excess adipose tissue (fat) is removed from the body by a cannula connected to a vacuum pump.

Weight Loss Surgery Advice

If you suffer from morbid or malignant obesity and wish to explore your options for surgical treatment, you must first consult your personal doctor. If you want information about certain types of surgery, or if you want to find a weight loss surgeon, contact these official bariatric bodies: American Society of Bariatric Physicians and American Society for Bariatric Surgery.


Bariatric Plastic Surgeries

Plastic surgery is commonly divided into two types of procedure: reconstructive and cosmetic. The former corrects abnormalities of the body caused (eg) by trauma or congenital defects, while cosmetic surgery reshapes normal body structures to enhance appearance. Typical cosmetic procedures are breast enlargement or implant, nose surgery and face lift. On this site we focus only on bariatric-type plastic surgeries designed to improve body shape after massive weight loss, by excising surplus fat and skin and tightening loose muscle.


Plastic Surgery vs. Liposuction

The difference between bariatric plastic surgeries (like tummy tuck, body lift, mini-tummy luck) and liposuction is that plastic surgery removes excess fat, loose skin and tightens muscles, whereas liposuction only removes fat.

Bariatric Centers

If you are looking for a qualified weight loss surgeon to perform any type of gastric reduction operation, using laparoscopic or other methods, see below for clinics.

California - Florida
Georgia - Illinois
Michigan - New Jersey
New York - Ohio
Pennsylvania - Texas


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Bariatric operations such as adjustable gastric banding or stomach bypass, whether using laparoscopic or open surgical methods, are not an easy solution for severe clinical obesity. They are serious surgical procedures which involve significant health dangers. Furthermore, as any bariatric surgeon will tell you, long term post-operative weight loss requires an equally long term commitment to healthy eating and regular physical exercise. Life-long use of nutritional supplements may also be necessary. Therefore, discuss your options fully with your doctor, your clinic and your surgeon. © 2003-2014 Bariatric-Surgery.Info - Terms - Information - Resources