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Gastric obesity surgery: Learning about it

Obesity is a common problem today. There are many people out there, who experience this situation even after adopting a regular exercise and diet regime. It’s unfortunate, but quiet true that these measures do not prove equally effective for each and every obese individual out there. However, excesses of weight can lead to serious health complications including heart diseases and diabetes

When exercises and diet fail to control obesity, patients can explore the benefits of gastric obesity surgery. If you are someone looking forward to this surgery, you should take the trouble of educating yourself about the same in order to make an informed decision.

This surgical procedure is typically aimed at aiding individuals to get rid of their excess weight by reducing the absorption of nutrients in the body. The surgery will only be performed after it has been established that the patient has not been rewarded by a strict exercise and dietary regime. Not everyone, suffering from obesity, can qualify for this surgery. The surgeons will determine medical conditions including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes as well body mass index. Moreover, you must not be averse to the idea of introducing a totally changed diet plan. In order to experience long-term benefits you have to ensure that you are exercising on a regular basis as well.

It helps in regulating the food intake by your small intestine and stomach—thereby minimizing risks posed by weight related problems such as high blood pressure, cardiac disease, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, and asthma among others.

The gastric obesity surgery can be performed laparoscopically as well. The laparoscopic surgery for obesity entails the insertion of a telescope through one of the very few small incisions made in the abdominal region. The basic difference between open and laparoscopic surgeries lies in the size of the incision made. While the former involves making a large single incision, laparoscopy, as already mentioned above, is conducted with the help of a few small incisions. As such, with laparoscopy, the patient:

  • Heals faster (both cosmetic healing and pain relief)
  • Can return to work faster than what would have been in the case of open surgery
  • Has to stay back at the hospital for a shorter period of time

The laparoscopic Surgery for Weight Loss is performed by inserting a tiny telescope (via a cannula). It helps in the projection of a larger image of the stomach along with other intestinal organ—on a TV. The entire surgery is conducted after expanding the abdomen with the help of carbon dioxide. The region (abdomen) is deflated after the operation is performed.

The entire surgery is performed under general anesthesia.

Ideally a patient should exceed “ideal” body weight by 100 pounds in order to undergo an obesity surgery. 

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