Weight loss or bariatric surgery is a life-changing and life-saving treatment for severely obese patients who have failed with traditional, medically supervised weight-loss strategies such as diet modification, exercise, and/or medication. The common patients for bariatric surgery are those who are severely overweight, with at least 100 pounds more than the normal body weight for age and height, which is considered to be the second major cause of preventable death in the United States.
In the United States alone, the population of obese individuals is approximately 18 million. With this condition sharply on the rise in the United States, the number of weight-loss procedures has also jumped, from 16,000 in the early 1990s to 180,000 in 2005, according to the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.
Bariatric surgery induces weight loss by physically restricting the amount of food patients can eat and/or by interrupting the digestive process. The fatty tissues are not removed from the body. If you are severely overweight and wants to lose weight, bariatric surgery is the safest and most effective way.
Found below are several things you need to know about bariatric surgery:
- It will forever change the way you eat. After the surgery, there will be a set of strict guidelines that can change your eating habits. When you have this method done, you will be restricting the amount of food that you can consume at one time. This method helps limit the calorie intake at one sitting.
- Cheating diet after surgery results to dangerous complications. There will be serious damage to the digestive system if the patient eats more than the recommended amount. The surgery may not work well for you if you do not have self-control to maintain a strict diet.
- Food can affect your body. Eating various types of food will have an effect on your body due to your restricted food intake. Severe cramping can occur if you eat sugars and sweets.
- Immediate weight loss. You can easily lose weight once you are fully recovered from bariatric surgery.
- Bariatric surgery is not for all. Bariatric surgery is only available for patients who have a BMI of 35 to 40+, or those who have already experienced serious medical issues because of weight.
You are a candidate to undergo minimally invasive surgical option known as da Vinci surgery if your surgeon recommends bariatric surgery. Da Vinci surgery uses a high-tech robotic surgical system. However, there are some issues concerning robotic surgery which made patients to feel misled.