Weight Loss Surgery : Get Back in Shape

September 20, 2009 · Filed Under Weight Loss Surgery · Comment 

In today’s society, most of us are suffering from the poor effect of being over weight and obese. It not only deteriorates our efficiency and stamina but also invites various other health diseases such as heart and cholesterol complications. Leading a content life can be very difficult if one suffers from health problems. For this reason only, nowadays, many people are opting for serious weight loss surgery programs so that they can ensure a healthy, long life.

Liposuction is one well known form of weight loss surgery. It is defined under the category of cosmetic surgery and is performed to remove extra amount of fat from several different parts of the human body such as neck, thighs, buttocks, abdomen, arms, and elsewhere. In this procedure, weight is removed through the use of cannula and aspirator where the cannula is a vacant tube and the aspirator works as a suction device. By adapting this method, a person can avoid dealing with the torture of dieting and exercise. However, the fact to be noticed here is that only 10 pounds of weight can be reduced with this technique. Hence, those who wish for a heavy weight loss should not opt for the remedy of liposuction. Another very prominent kind of weight loss surgery is gastric bypass surgery. It is extremely popular because of its no side effects nature. During the gastric bypass surgery, the surgeon actually staples the upper smaller portion of the stomach and separates it from the rest of the stomach, this basically helps in reducing food consuming capacity of the body.

Before opting for any weight loss surgery, it is important for the patient to inquire about the various possible surgical options. For this purpose, you need not waste your time in the medical research centers, as each and every detailed description is available with the surgeon himself. Like any other surgical operation, even weight loss surgery has few potentially risky factors and complications. Therefore, it is very important for the patient to consult his or her doctor about all these complications beforehand. In fact, almost all the doctors, first of all, conduct a complete analysis of the patient’s body, so that if he is suffering from any kind of allergy or blood pressure problems, it can be immediately traced out. Bleeding, blood clots, indigestion, infection, loss of bodily functions and bowel obstruction are some of the other fatal reactions attached to this operation.

Weight loss surgery not only allows a person to have a good, well maintained figure but also helps in improving the overall health condition. After taking such kind of a surgery, many people succeed in regaining their well-being and self-esteem. It would not be incorrect to conclude that many weight loss programs help a patient in lowering his appetite, which is highly beneficial in restricting oneself from the intake of junk and high calorie food products. Many people, who have undergone any of these surgeries, have lost a good amount of weight. However, you should not forget that regular exercise and a strict check on diet is still important for the patient to maintain this new admirable shape of their body.

Sarah Wilson is a tourism management expert with years of experience in overseas medical tourism management. If you want to know more about medical tourism, lasik eye surgery, gastric bypass surgery, lasik surgery, weight loss surgery and more, you can visit www.surgeryunlimited.com

Bariatric Surgery : a Good Weight Loss Procedure

August 31, 2009 · Filed Under Weight Loss Surgery · Comment 

Bariatric surgical operations are mainly concerned with gastrointestinal procedures, which are performed by stapling the stomach, to bring considerable reduction in the food intake of a person. The method also involves various steps of rearranging the small intestine, that further eliminate the chances of absorbing fat in the body. It is widely accepted as a suitable technique to to reduce weight for those who have problems like diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. However, bariatric surgery is not an instant procedure and is recommended only if your case is of sever obesity that cannot be treated with the regular weight loss programs such as diet and exercises.

Basically, bariatric surgery procedures are of three types: restrictive, malabsorptive, and a combination of these two. In the procedure of restrictive surgery, the food intake is controlled by reducing the actual size of the stomach with the use of an elastic band. With this kind of reduction in the size of the stomach, patient tends to feel satisfied with little intake of food and the urge of eating more is eliminated. The procedure of restrictive bariatric surgery also includes other operations such as, vertical-banded gastroplasty, adjustable gastric banding, as well as, proximal gastric bypass. On the other hand, malabsorptive procedures are concerned with partial absorption of food, that finally helps in reducing the body weight. In this procedure, the upper and the lower portion of the small intestine are joined to allow the food to bypass the middle section and thus, a huge quantity food is not absorbed. However, surgeons do not consider this option very appropriate, as it increases the chances of diarrhea and dehydration. Interested readers may like to know that jejunoileal bypass was the first kind bariatric surgery to be performed, which used the same concept.

As both these options of Bariatric surgery have their own set of advantages and disadvantages, the surgeons finally managed to combine both, so that a more appropriate form of surgery could be experienced. Hence, whenever you decide to opt for any of these surgeries, make sure that you visit a well qualified and experienced surgeon, who can carry out all your medical check ups and tests and can then, suggest you the most suitable operational technique. Do not forget that the entire procedure of this surgery is, somewhat complicated and demands the patient to strictly follow a regime and diet. Normally, a patient takes at least 6 weeks for recovery and till then, he is supposed to survive on liquid diet.

As far as the charges of getting a bariatric surgery are concerned, you must know that it depends on the various aspects attached to it such as, expenses of hospital, X ray, anesthesia, surgeon’s fees and etc. However, on an approximation, it may cost you around $20,000 to $40,000. Keep in mind, that several kinds of operations are preformed under this category and each procedure has a different cost value attached to it. Hence, if obesity is lowering the quality of your life, then getting this surgery done at any cost would be an intelligent idea.

Sarah Wilson is a tourism management expert with years of experience in overseas medical tourism management. If you want to know more about medical tourism,Bariatric surgery, gastric bypass surgery, you can visit www.surgeryunlimited.com

Weight Loss Surgery: Medical Tourism.. Affordable, Low Cost Lap-band Procedure in the Dominican Republic

July 7, 2009 · Filed Under Weight Loss Surgery · 1 Comment 


Lap-Band Surgery – Weight Loss Surgery

Safe, Rapid Weight Loss

It’s More Than a Question of Appearance!

Morbid obesity is not only unattractive, but life threatening. Even less severe degrees of obesity can be a major threat to the quality of your life. It has been estimated that 64.5% of all Americans are affected, to some degree, by problems related to obesity.

Obesity has been dubbed by some experts as “the mother of all diseases” because this condition either causes or exacerbates: dangerously high levels of cholesterol; high blood pressure; diabetes; impotency; hypertension; urinary stress incontinence; coronary artery disease; stroke; breast cancer; arthritic joints; sleep apnea; kidney failures; menstrual irregularities; asthma; swollen legs; depression; and dozens of

other health disorders.

Compared to a person of normal weight, a 25-year-old obese man or woman has a reduced life span, and can expect a loss of about 12 years of life.

Weight-loss surgery has been shown to improve one’s lifespan by reducing excess body weight. There are three common forms of weight-loss surgery:

• Gastric bypass surgery, a procedure that reroutes the digestive system, causing rapid weight loss.

Unfortunately, gastric bypass surgery also often leads to nutritional deficiencies that can cause

severe health complications.

• Gastroplasty, which also reroutes the digestive system, but is most notable because it restricts the amount of food that can be eaten by making the stomach smaller.

Bariatric Procedure –

• Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (also known simply as lap-band surgery), a procedure in which an adjustable band is placed around the upper third portion of the stomach to create a small stomach pouch.

Healthcare professionals can adjust the dimensions of that band to hold 2, 4, or 6 ounces of food. Thus restricting the stomach gives the patient a feeling of fullness and thus prevents overeating, while at the same time allowing the food that is eaten to be released more slowly into the lower portion of the stomach for

healthier digestion.

Of these three approaches, Global Medical Service offers you Lap-Band surgery, which is approved by the FDA, is the only treatment that is reversible, and is the least invasive of all the procedures. The lap-band procedure can be performed in 30 to 40 minutes with the patient remaining in the hospital for as little as

one overnight. However, it is generally recommended that patients allow an additional week following the procedure to recover, and that they adhere to a carefully prescribed program of diet and moderate exercise during that period.

The Three Phases

There are three phases associated with the Lap-Band surgical procedure:

before the procedure, during the procedure, and after the procedure.

Before the Procedure

This phase involves a complete analysis of your medical history and medical records by the Lap-Band Surgeon who may also interview you by phone or face-to-face to determine the treatment course.

If you accept the recommendation by the Surgeon, you will be asked to comply with a prescribed regimen of diet and exercise in advance of the actual procedure. During this time, we will help you to finalize your travel and resort accommodations. Every detail of your itinerary will be documented for you, describing what will happen from the moment you arrive at your destination, how you will be transported to the resort, the full range of dining and entertainment options that will be available to you, and plans for returning you to the airport for your trip home.

During the Procedure

During your procedure you should expect to remain

in our 80-bed facility for, at most, two days.

All of the costs associated with your stay at the Center are included for this service. That includes the surgery, the anesthesia, your medications, your meals, the over-night stay with a 24 hour nurse, post surgery garments per your surgery, follow up visits, your transportation between the Hospital and Resort, and any incidentals.

You never need to put your hand in your pocket, unless you want to bring home a souvenir.

After the Procedure

Assuming that you have devoted one-week, you will likely have time to enjoy the fun and sun of the

beautiful Dominican Republic. You will, however, be expected to follow any diet and exercise regimen prescribed by your doctors. For weight-loss patients, these procedures will vary, depending on your weight and weight-loss goals, but will typically involve your adopting and adhering to a new attitude towards eating, including:

• Initially eating only foods that have first been shredded in a food processor. For lap-band

patients, these foods typically include meats that are easily chewed and digested, or other forms of protein, low-fiber vegetables, and salads. (Protein intake is especially important to lap-band patients, who must consume 50-60 grams of protein daily. Prohibited foods will include bread, potatoes, fried foods, starchy vegetables, and any spicy consumables.

• You will be drinking protein shakes and relearning eating skills much the same as a new baby eats, and slowly adds new and chunkier foods to its diet.

Chances are, you will be heading home in about one week. Much of your post-operative time will be

devoted to ensuring that you know how to maintain the long-term benefits of this procedure. Your Global Medical Service Personal Care Manager will make follow-up calls to you, both to get any evaluative feedback you might have regarding this experience, and to help you adjust to the wonderful experience of becoming the new you!


Larry Sam

Call toll free 1-888-905-8825 to set an appointment or email [email protected] for more details and a full price quote.

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