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Important Facts About Weight Loss Surgery

If you’re considering weight loss surgery, there are some
important facts you need to know. Among the many benefits
of this permanent procedure are the major improvements you
will experience in your general health and well-being, and the
huge boost it will give your self-esteem. This type of surgery
shrinks your stomach, which causes you eat less and lose a
considerable amount of weight. Anyone who has this
surgery is making a commitment to life a healthier life.   

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What Surgery Is Right for Your Body Type?

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3 Common Types of Weight Loss Surgery

The three most widely used procedures for this kind of surgery
are the Lap-Band surgery, the gastric bypass, and the gastric sleeve procedure.

Lap-Band surgery is done by surgically placing a silicone band around the upper part of your stomach, which leaves only a small pouch of stomach that fills quickly with food and helps you to feel full much sooner.

Gastric bypass surgery involves stapling the top of your stomach, which separates it from the other part of the stomach. As a result of this, you will feel like eating much less.

In gastric sleeve surgery, the surgeon inserts a laparoscope into the abdomen through small incisions. The scope acts like a camera that allows the surgeon to see the abdomen during the surgery.

Your Surgical Consultation

These types of bariatric surgery must be performed by a surgeon who has experience in the procedures.

If you are considering weight loss surgery, you can schedule an appointment with a surgeon to find out if you are eligible for the procedure. Typically, people who have weight loss surgery are those who are having medical problems due to their weight, or who cannot reach a healthy weight through diet and exercise.

You will need to be evaluated to ensure that you don’t have any health problems that could negatively affect the surgery, and to determine that you are prepared to permanently change your diet and lifestyle. 

During the consultation, you can get all the information about the procedure, including what happens physically and emotionally after the procedure.

You should ask your surgeon a number of questions, such as:

  • How much weight is typically lost as a result of this type of surgery?
  • What health improvements can you expect following the surgery?
  • What type of diet will you need to follow?
  • Which of the three types of bariatric surgery are best-suited to you?
  • How long will it take to recover from the surgery?

When you have the answers to these essential questions, you can feel more confident about having the procedure.

The Procedure

On average, Lap-Band Surgery takes 30 minutes to an hour, and gastric bypass surgery takes about 1-4 hours, and gastric sleeve surgery takes about 4 hours.
A general anesthesia is required for bariatric surgery, and you may need to stay in the hospital following the procedure.

Post-Surgery Expectations

It’s not uncommon for people who have had bariatric surgery to find it challenging to go back to their normal life. For one thing, you won’t be eating the same amount of food, and as a result you will have less energy.

Most people experience a full recovery within 6 weeks of their surgery. 

You will soon begin to lose significant amounts of weight, which may cause you to have loose or excess skin. Cosmetic surgery can be done to re-contour your body to remove excess skin from the hips, buttocks, thighs and abdomen.

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