We must take obesity as a serious matter. Many of us like to believe they are the last resort for those who are desperate to look good, all for vanity’s sake. Diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and heart disease just to name a few are the most common and dangerous effects of obesity. Furthermore, people with weight problems have difficulties coping with their looks and how they relate to others as well. So it might be that you may want to undergo a weight loss surgery for your spouse, for your kids, for your boy/girlfriend or just for yourself.
What about the risk? Of course before undergoing a weight loss surgery or choosing which kind of surgery for that matter both you and your surgeon will be working side by side in determining which procedure is best for your condition. There are various factors to consider first which you need to weigh against like its long-term effects, the risk of damage to your intestine and of course its effectiveness. Plus, although a lot of people want surgery, not all have to have them.. But in this case, as soon as you feel like you have tried everything but still feel your weight hasn’t changed then maybe you can put it under consideration.
It is also important to inform your loved ones why you want to have such operation. And let them understand as well the consequence. Prepare them with the probabilities. The important thing that you would want to have them is their utmost support. After all, you are doing this for them. You should also be ready to face a long-term follow up, should you need another surgery or have to check whether your operation has went agreeably.
You doctor will determine your BMI, afterwards the medical procedure available for your condition will be presented for you. You can either have three choices. First is the lap band, or gastric banding which from the name itself is a band attached around your stomach. It decreases the patient’s appetite for consumption, since they can get easily “full.” Patients with a BMI of 40 and up can take this procedure, that is if they think any other treatment could not make them lose their weight. This procedure has a high rate of satisfaction from patients who have undergone gastric banding. Also, it is reversible. If the patient thinks he or she could carry on with his or her present BMI, he or she can choose to remove it.
While the gastric bypass entails the surgeon to cut up the size of the patient’s stomach. Ordinarily, our stomach could hold 1000ml of food and liquid. But bypass minimizes our stomach so it could only hold 15ml of content. Our stomach becomes 90% smaller that’s why the small volume allowed to be consumed. Sleeve gastrectomy meanwhile requires the doctor to cut up your stomach vertically, making it 25% smaller. These procedures are also advisable to patients who have a BMI of 40 and higher.
All these procedures have a high risk of infection, internal bleeding and or worse, death. So make sure that your weight loss surgery is under a good and credible doctor. And of course, post-operation care is also diligently observed.