When diets, pills, exercise and other techniques have failed, many overweight people turn to their doctors for help. Medical weight loss is becoming more popular and more accepted as a way to finally lose weight and get in shape. There are several procedures that fall into the category of medical weight loss including gastric bypass surgery, the lap band and liposuction. Each has its own pros and cons that should be considered before undergoing an operation.
Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery involves medically reducing the size of the stomach. This surgery makes it impossible to eat more than a very small portion of food, which effectively reduces the daily caloric intake of individuals that undergo the surgery. Gastric bypass can be dangerous and isn’t without side effects, so people considering the operation must typically be obese and unable to lose the weight by other methods. The most obvious pro of gastric bypass surgery is that it works. The operation has a very high success rate for weight loss, though the rapid rate of weight loss tends to result in lose skin that can be difficult to tone. The biggest con is that it is a surgery procedure that carries the same risk as other surgical procedures including death and life-altering complications.
The lap band is a medical device that is inserted around the stomach to effectively reduce the size of the operational space. By constricting the band, the stomach can be made smaller and it can be more difficult for food to pass through to be digested. The device aims to reduce the volume that the stomach can hold, while also keeping food in the stomach longer to keep the dieter fuller for a longer period of time. Lap band insertion is a fairly straightforward procedure that many doctors perform. It is considered an elective operation, so don’t expect insurance to cover it. The band can also be adjusted to customize weight loss as the dieter progresses and adjusts to the band. Rarely, problems can arise with a faulty lap band device, which requires it to be replaced. Recovery for lap band insertions is usually faster than more invasive gastric bypass surgery.
Liposuction is considered a cosmetic weight loss surgery. It involves removing fat from below the skin in one or more area of the body. The surgery can be completed in a single day, and many cosmetic surgeons perform the surgery so it should be easy to find a doctor. The main benefit of liposuction is that results are nearly instant. The recovery period is brief and as soon as the patient is mobile, they will see the results they were after without diet or exercise.
Medical weight loss surgery has been around for a long time. If you’re considering having work done, be sure to choose a doctor with a reputation for producing high-quality results with minimal side effects. When it comes to weight loss surgery, spending the time to research your doctor will be well worth it.