Sometimes, weight loss can be just too difficult to achieve. There are often emotional and psychological issues behind this but it cannot always be resolved in a conventional manner. When this is the case, weight loss surgery may have to be an option. So what kind of weight loss surgery is available and when should it be considered?
Weight loss surgery will come with a dosage of risk, as with all medical procedures. It is important to try as many other methods as possible first before turning to the surgical option, since the risks should not be taken where conservative medicine will suffice. Weight loss surgery tends to be most applicable for those who find weight loss exceptionally difficult; those to whom their weight poses a significant health risk; and those with conditions such as bulimia which make weight loss too mentally and emotionally overwhelming. Some types of weight loss surgery are available on the NHS although some individuals will have to seek private care.
One of the methods used by surgeons is to tie a band around the stomach of the patient. This is called the gastric band procedure and it reduces stomach capacity. This means the patient will feel full after eating much less than normal and will thus lose weight through less food consumption. There may be further operations required as after-care with this method though, which is a slight disadvantage.
Another weight loss surgery method is the gastric bypass which effectively slips food past part of the intestine. This aids with weight loss although there are many unfortunate side effects with this option. This is similar to the duodenal switch in which the stomach is reshaped along with a long intestinal bypass. This requires a very strict diet regime after the procedure and thus isn't suited to all patients.
As funny as this may sound, another weight loss surgery option is to have a balloon inflated in your stomach. This is not a joke and it acts to reduce your appetite by pre-filling your stomach. This is generally safer than other types of weight loss surgery as it doesn't fundamentally change any part of your digestive system.
One last option is liposuction which involves burning off or sucking out fat from the worst affected areas. This is not free from complications and may leave the skin damaged. This tends to be for those deposits of fat that just can't be burnt off through diet and exercise in areas such as the thighs and chin.
Weight loss surgery should not be the first resort and it is rarely available on the NHS. Only the most severe of cases warrant such a drastic measure and these often involve additional health risks. It can be exceptionally expensive too, meaning all other manner of medicines must be looked into first. There are risks and complications along the way for these procedures and thus weight loss surgery is a rare alternative to natural weight loss.
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