|Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery
Information on Gastrointestinal Procedures to Reduce Morbid Obesity
Gastric Operations to Lose Weight
(1) Bariatric Surgery Operations
This website covers details of weight reduction surgeries to reduce class 3 obesity, including both restrictive and malabsorptive operations, such as gastric banding like adjustable gastric banding, lap band, gastroplasty, vertical banded gastroplasty, gastric stapling and gastric bypass procedures such as the roux-en-y, biliopancreatic diversion, fobi pouch and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. Plus the new vertical gastrectomy and the Transcend gastric stimulation system. Both traditional "open" surgery techniques as well as laparoscope-assisted surgical methods are considered. We also offer brief dietary advice about what to eat after a gastric bypass operation including eating plans for liquid diet, semi-liquid diet, semi-solid diet and a low-fat solid diet. Lastly, we include information about bariatric surgery support groups, and official societies like the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) and the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS).
Information About Health Benefits and Risks
As well as providing details of all popular types of bariatric surgery, together with information about health benefits including how much weight patients typically lose in the years following their bariatric operation, (see also: results of weight loss surgery) we also provide information about pre-operative counseling or "screening" to identify good candidates for this surgery, as well as details of typical post-operative health risks for both stomach stapling and stomach bypass. The health complications of obesity surgery include: death, abdominal hernia, infection, stomach band slippage, saline leakage, breakage of the gastric staple line, stomal stenosis, marginal ulcers, dumping syndrome, bowel obstruction and vomiting as well as nutritional deficiency of important vitamins and minerals.
Other Details About Gastric Bariatric Surgery
We also include statistics about gastrointestinal procedures, plus information about typical costs of bariatric procedures and how to find a weight loss surgeon. Also included are bariatric research articles and obesity surgery research studies about clinical trials concerning the weight loss and obesity benefits that patients may expect from both open and laparoscopic bariatric surgery. See also data on psychosocial factors related to gastric reduction surgery, plus health complications and nutritional deficiencies of stomach bypass, banding or gastroplasty research, including studies into laparoscopic bariatric procedures. We also provide online resources for bariatric clinics, gastric bypass surgeons and support groups.
Facts About Obesity
The health benefits and risks of weight loss surgery can only be assessed in relation to the proven health dangers of morbid (class 3) or malignant obesity. These health risks include increasing danger of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, insulin resistance and premature death. The issue of whether to treat severe clinical with gastrointestinal surgery is further complicated by the fact that obesity levels are reaching epidemic levels and by the fact that obese patients typically have little success in reducing weight with conventional diet and exercise methods. Many bariatric surgeons, mindful of the success rates achieved by obesity surgery, consider it to be the only effective solution to the health problems suffered by obese patients.
(2) Bariatric Plastic Surgery
We also cover various types of weight-related plastic surgery designed to treat excess skin, body fat and loose muscle, following massive weight loss by obese patients after bariatric surgery or conventional dietary methods. These cosmetic surgeries include: tummy tuck, complete tummy tuck , mini-tummy tuck, endoscope-assisted tummy tuck, reverse abdominoplasty, arm lift, belt lipectomy, body lift, breast lift, dermolipectomy, face lift, male breast reduction, neck lift, panniculectomy and thigh lift. We also provide information on the costs of plastic surgery, the most popular operations, how to find a plastic surgeon and contact details for official bodies like the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS). We do not focus on non weight-related cosmetic surgery, although we give very brief explanations of aesthetic surgical procedures like, breast enhancement ("boob job") or breast implant, dermabrasion, facial implants, facial resurfacing by laser, laserbrasion, lip augmentation and mesotherapy.
(3) Liposuction to Reduce Fat
We also cover various types of lipoplasty or liposculpture operation designed to suction out subcutaneous fatty deposits from various parts of the body, like superwet, tumescent or ultrasound suction lipectomy. We answer questions about liposuction, such as: who are the best candidates, what are the risks of liposuction, how much does it cost, and offer statistics on the most popular procedures.
Laparoscopic or open bariatric
surgery, such as adjustable gastric banding (lap band) or stomach bypass
is not an easy solution for class 3 obesity and weight reduction. It is
a serious surgical procedure, involving serious health risks. To produce
lasting weight loss, gastrointestinal bariatric surgery requires a long-term
patient commitment to eating a healthy diet and following a regular program
of physical exercise. Life-long use of nutritional supplements may also
be necessary. Before deciding, discuss your options fully with your doctor.
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