Nobody wants to deal with obesity, but different factors such as genetic factors, irregular eating habits, and medications may be factors for obesity. There are also some treatments for obesity. Having a radical change in eating habits and accepting a healthy lifestyle, intensive workout or using medications, and finally the best option to have weight loss surgery. Obesity treatment can be a surgery, as it has long-term results and if you keep a healthy lifestyle you get more advantages after the surgery. If you are fed up dealing with people’s advice of losing weight or taking medications or going to the gym, you can consult your doctor to have the best and most permanent result for eliminating excessive weight. There are different options for weight loss surgeries; in the following section, you can have the details.
Gastric Bypass – One of the most common weight-loss surgeries is gastric bypass. If your surgeon advises you to have a gastric bypass, consider this option. After the surgery, you will lose a large amount of weight and reduce many health risks. The surgery is a type of bariatric surgery in which your stomach is divided by staples in order to have a smaller stomach. And making a bypass to connect the small stomach to your small intestine rather than traveling a long way and absorbing less calories.
To have a Gastric bypass you should consult your doctor about whether you are a good candidate for surgery or not. Your health history and BMI measurements are taken into account for surgery evaluation as well as your needs and objectives. Also, you should make a radical change to keep the conditions after the surgery. You should follow a healthy diet, quit smoking, and reduce alcohol. Also, beverages like soda and junk foods are not advised after the surgery.
Gastric Sleeve – Another weight loss surgery is the gastric sleeve . Again the main aim is to make the stomach smaller so that you can eat less and easily get full. This bariatric surgery removes almost 75%-80% of the stomach. The rest of the stomach seems like a banana-shaped sleeve and the volume of the stomach is decreased by staples. This procedure should be examined carefully by a surgeon. As well as the advantages of losing weight rapidly there are always potential side effects and conditions to be considered before deciding on such surgery.
You can see the outcomes of the obesity surgeries;
- Removal of excessive weight
- Psychological benefits
- Adaptation to life
- Improvement for diabetes
- Low risk for heart attack
- Diminishing high cholesterol
- Fewer migraine
- More active life
- Less joint pain
- Decreasing cancer risk
- Decreasing sleep apnea
- Improvement of hormonal balance (increasing testosterone levels)
The Recovery Period For Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve Surgeries
These bariatric surgeries are safe categorized surgeries. However there are some potential risks as for all other medical surgeries. The recovery period is as important as the surgery procedure.
Compared to gastric sleeve surgery, gastric bypass is more complicated. Gastric bypass has a 2 steps procedure. On the other hand gastric sleeve is one step surgery. Both surgeries are done with laparoscopy cameras and small incisions on the abdomen area of your body.
Both surgeries need observation after the surgery so in order to prevent possible complications it is better to stay close to your doctor. You should keep up your body and be gentle to yourself after the surgery, not carry heavy things, not to do heavy workouts or eat junk food that harms both your body and stomach. In the end, recovery may take more than 5 or 6 weeks to resume your normal activities.