Is Weight Loss Surgery for You?

June 22, 2009 · Filed Under vertical sleeve surgery · Comment 

Diet and exercise are the preferred twin partner methods for losing weight and excess body fat. A proper diet and age-appropriate, regular exercise will help almost anyone stay fit and in the correct weight range.

But, unfortunately for some, other methods are sometimes needed. Whether through long-term poor development of willpower, genetic disposition, disease or other factors, maintaining the proper weight for the obese sometimes requires outside assistance.

Fad diets rarely work, and almost never for very long. Some nutritional supplements and other compounds can help to a degree. But for many in this situation, weight loss surgery is the only hope.

There are many forms of surgery these days and all have pros and cons. The most important criteria are effectiveness, risk and side effects.

Surgical techniques have evolved over the past few decades, and most are effective, in the sense that they do typically lead to substantial weight loss. That loss comes about usually as the result of restricted caloric intake by eating less or by absorbing less of the food that is eaten.


One of the earliest forms was gastric bypass surgery. All or part of the stomach was removed and the digestive system reconnected. Originally extremely dangerous, it has evolved but still carries substantial risks. It is no longer the preferred method. Patients who undergo the procedure have to take supplements forever after and the risk of disease and nutritional deficiencies remains high.

Stomach stapling is one technique that has been around for many years now. Initially highly dangerous, it has become much safer in the past 10 years. There are still substantial risks, however, as with any major surgery.

The procedure consists of opening the patient and clamping portions of the stomach with specialized surgical staples. Newer methods sometimes make possible laparoscopy, in which a small hole is created through which the surgeon works, but the patient isn’t opened up.

There are risks of bleeding, though small. Patients can become ill if they attempt to eat more than the recommended amount. They may also suffer from nutritional deficiencies that can be lifelong, requiring supplements.

The net effect is to create a smaller stomach, leading to a more rapid feeling of fullness. The patient simply eats less and therefore takes in fewer calories. The body turns to stored fat for energy and the result is less fat and lower weight.

A newer form involves installing an adjustable Lap Band around the stomach. This eliminates the need to puncture the stomach and makes it possible for the physician to adjust the effect as the patient loses weight.

Generally safe, the procedure can be done on an outpatient basis. Most consider it a minor inconvenience, though like any medical procedure it’s expensive and insurance companies increasingly won’t pay for it. The band itself is not painful.

Patients typically experience rapid weight loss, but at the same time (as fat comes out of adipose tissue) many hormonal changes take place. Close, regular medical observation is important for the success of the procedure and the health of the patient.

There are dozens of names for the various procedures, Biliopancreatic Diversion, Vertical Banded Gastroplasty, Adjustable gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy (with or without Duodenal Switch), Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and others. All are termed bariatric surgery.

But whichever procedure an individual considers, careful thought should be given to weighing the risks and benefits. For many, a commitment to long-term dietary and lifestyle changes is a better option. For those who believe surgery is the best option, consulting with an experienced physician is essential.

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Surgery for Weight Loss

January 5, 2009 · Filed Under Weight Loss Surgery · Comment 

As more and more people attempt to lose weight and are failing with traditional diets, many people are opting to have surgery for weight loss. There are quite a few surgical procedures which can be used to promote weight loss you just need to determine which is the correct surgery for weight loss depending on your unique situation.

One of the more popular surgeries for weight loss is the installation of the lapband. The lapband is not as intrusive as some of the other weight loss surgeries as it involves placing a band around around the beginning of the stomach. This prevents you from eating as much and a result causes you to lose weight.


Another procedure which is very popular and one of the few procedures that a lot of insurance companies will pay for is the Roux en Y or RNY. This procedure is really the gastric bypass procedure as it involves re-routing the intestine so that food is not fully digested. It also limits the amount of food you can consume and causes weight loss. One thing about the RNY is that you really have to watch your food consumption to ensure you are getting enough protein and other nutrients in your system.

Another surgery for weight loss is the Vertical Sleeve surgery also known as the sleeve surgery for weight loss and the VSG surgery. This surgery involves removing part of the stomach and stapling the stomach back together. This produces a banana shaped stomach and as a result reduces the amount of food you can intake. This is one of the safer surgeries outside of the lapband as it does not really disrupt the digestive tract like the RNY surgical procedure does and as a result people who opt for the VSG surgery for weight loss do not suffer as many problems with nutrient levels.

Stomach Stapling Is it for you

January 2, 2009 · Filed Under vertical sleeve surgery, Weight Loss · Comment 

Stomach stapling surgery is gaining a lot of traction over the past few years. One reason for its improved interests is because it is safer than other gastric weight loss surgeries. Stomach Stapling surgery is officially know as Vertical Sleeve Surgery, but over the years various others names have been developed for this weight loss procedure.


The Stomach stapling terms comes mainly from the fact that this is what really happens during this surgery. Parts of the stomach is removed so the stomach resembles a banana shape and then the stomach is stapled back together. Since this procedure does not alter the digestive tract it is considered safer than some of the other alternative weight reduction surgeries available.

While the stomach stapling procedure is not as dangerous it is also not as effective in terms of the amount of weight loss expected from the weight loss surgery procedure. Although you don’t lose as much weight normally around 20% less than RNY, for most people this is a viable option for weight reduction surgery and with a little exercise then you can jumpstart your weight loss jounry to achieve the same results without the issues with vitamin deficiencies experienced with the other weight loss surgical procedures.