Guide to Weight Loss Surgery
How WLS Works
How to Qualify
Types Of WLS
Health Benefits of WLS
Complications of WLS
After Weight Loss Surgery
How Dumping Occurs
Eating After WLS
Diet Plan After Bypass
WLS Support Groups
Cost of Weight Loss Surgery
Find a Surgeon for WLS
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
Bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery refers to any gastric procedure
designed to reduce food intake or calorie absorption in order to treat
Gastric Bypass Guide
Health Dangers of Bypass
What is Gastric Banding
Restrictive vs. Malabsorbtive
What Weight Loss Surgery
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.
Health Risks of BDP
Quality of Life After
Duodenal Switch Operation
Duodenal Switch Risks
Fobi Pouch Gastric Bypass
Fobi Pouch Benefits
Fobi Pouch Risks
Adjustable Gastric Banding
Lap Band Procedure
Lap Band Operation
Lap Band Benefits/ Risks
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Open Surgery Method
Roux-en-Y Bypass Risks
Roux-en-Y Bypass Benefits
Silastic Gastric Ring
Stomach Stapling Procedure
Stapling Benefits/ Risks
Stomach Stapling Results
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.
Research Into Gastric
Research into VBG
Bariatric Research Articles
Obesity Surgery Research
Gastric Surgery Studies
Stomach Bypass Research
Stomach Banding Research
Gastric Reduction Research
Research Into Health Complications
Research into Nutrition After
WLS Psychosocial Factors
A Personal 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
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
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
Costs of Plastic Surgery
Find a Plastic Surgeon
Bariatric Plastic Surgery Procedures
What is Abdominoplasty Plastic
Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Guide
Body Lift (Torsoplasty) Guide
Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Guide
Dermolipectomy Procedure Explained
Face Lift (Rhytidectomy) Guide
Male Breast Reduction
Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty) Guide
Panniculectomy After Weight
Thigh Lift (Thighplasty) Guide
FEEDBACK and SUPPORT
Your Experience of Surgery
If you want to swap experiences of bariatric
or plastic surgery, like bypass, lapband, tummy tuck or liposuction, or
if you have personal advice about any surgical methods or procedures,
I'd love to hear from you.
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
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.
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.
Body Mass Index & Obesity
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 -
Treatment Of Obesity
Surgery for Obesity
Weight Loss Diets
Weight Loss Help Forum
Details of Lipoplasty
Types Of Liposuction
Risks of Liposuction
Cost of Liposuction
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.
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.
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.
Surgery vs. Liposuction
The difference between bariatric
(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.
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.
Georgia - Illinois
Michigan - New
New York - Ohio
Pennsylvania - Texas