Weight Loss Surgeries Are Not A Cure. . . But A Tool

July 8, 2009 · Filed Under Weight Loss Surgery 

Weight loss surgeries or bariatric surgery or are not a cure for obesity. Infact you only have a few years to enjoy the sole benefits of weight loss surgeries.

Permanent lose of fat is not assured through surgeries; rather it is about a change in lifestyle. Obviously these bariatric surgeries do not constitute a lifestyle change. Actually the best approach to these surgeries is by viewing them as support structures.

There are basically three types of bariatric surgergcal procedures; Restrictive, Malabsorptive and Restrictive and Malabsorptive (Combined) surgery.

Restrictive surgeries are procedures that reduce the size of the stomach such that you are forced to eat less by restricting the amount of food you stomach can hold at a time hence the term restrictive surgery. This is usually done in two main ways, either using staples or using a band.

Both procedures reduce the size of the effective stomach by creating a small pouch out of the main stomach using either the band or staples.

Malabsorptive surgeries on the other hand donot limit food intake. It inhibits absorption of calories. The procedures involve eliminating a substantial length of small intestines from coming in contact with the digested food.

The logic behind malabsorptive surgeries are that though one may eat a lot of calories, fewer calories are absorbed into the blood stream due to a significantly shorter small intestines, the site for nutrient and calorie absorption.


Combined surgeries are a hybrid of the other two procedures. It has become more common as it is found to be more effective in restricting both calorie intake and absorption.

According to American Society of Bariatric Surgery, about 170,000 people in the year 2005 had surgeries. Most of these procedures were done on adults 65yrs old and younger who had been immobilized by their weight and related medical conditions.

It is important that bariatric surgeries are understood. They are not a cure for obesity they probably will never be. The only known cure for obesity is a change in lifestyle.

As so appropriately suggested by surgeon Harvey Sugerman professor emeritus of Virginia Commonwealth University and a past president of American Society of Bariatric Surgery, surgery “is a tool”. Indeed it is an extreme tool only for extreme cases.

Among the top 4 reasons you fail in losing weight is weight loss support structures. Weight loss surgeries are support structures. Support structures are physical means that are designed to aid your physiology as well as psychology in the pursuit to lose weight healthily and safely.

Among the characteristics that bariatric surgeries exhibits support include the fact that they jump starts weight loss.

This is a similar characteristic you will find from a liquid diet or an appetite suppressing diet pill.

Permanent weight loss involves a permanent change in lifestyle. It should be used to help you attain this change in lifestyle.

© Mark Kimathi writes about Weight Loss-Top 4 Reasons for Failure at Health-eMark.com and related topics like weight loss surgery.

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