Frequently Asked Questions About Weight Loss Surgery

September 2, 2009 · Filed Under Weight Loss Surgery · Comment 

Obese people looking to lose a considerable amount of weight, often turn to weight loss surgery. While weight loss surgery is an effective means of losing weight, it can be a hard decision for some to make. In the past, there have been many stories about weight loss surgery patients that have had a difficult time recovering. Today, there is newer technology that makes these procedures easier and safer. Still, many people have questions about weight loss surgery.

If you are considering weight loss surgery, it is important that you talk to you doctor about which kind of surgery is right for you. Also, make sure that all questions are asked before deciding on the surgery. There are different types of weight loss surgeries and each one carries a unique set of risks and complications. Here are some common questions people ask about weight loss surgery.

How much weight will I lose after the surgery? This often depends on which surgery you have and how closely you follow the guidelines. In general, most patients will lose two to three pounds each week for the first year. One pound a week is more realistic. After the first year, weight loss will drop and the amount of weight lost will be gradual. Most patients can expect to lose around 36 percent of their excess body weight in the first year following surgery.

How long will it take to recovery from surgery? This also depends on what kind of weight loss surgery you have. Laparoscopic patients have a much shorter recovery time than those who have an open procedure. Most patients stay in the hospital for at least 24 hours after surgery. It takes most patients one to six weeks to resume daily activities and exercise.

Will I be sick after the surgery? With all weight loss surgeries, the goal is to limit food intake. Getting used to the fewer calories can lead to dizziness and headaches. For those who often feel nauseated after eating, this can mean that the food is not being chewed well enough or that the wrong foods are being eaten. It is important to control the nausea because vomiting can lead to serious problems.

Will I need plastic surgery fro the surplus skin when I have lost a lot of weight? Some patients do choose to have plastic surgery after weight loss surgery. If a patient has been overweight for a long time, the skin it stretched and will usually not “mold” itself into place. Plastic surgery is not a consideration until at least one year following surgery.

Can I become pregnant after the surgery? Yes, with some weight loss surgeries, but it usually recommended that you wait at least a year to eighteen months following surgery before becoming pregnant. With the Lap-Band, the band can be loosened during pregnancy to accommodate the increased need for more nutrition.

Will I suffer from constipation? Some patients do because there is less fiber in the diet. This is normal and if it becomes a problem, your doctor can recommend a mild laxative.

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Weight Loss Is Nuts?

August 15, 2009 · Filed Under Weight Loss Surgery · Comment 

Steve Vaught, a classic candidate for weight loss surgery, thinks that undergoing a “dangerous surgery that cost about the same as a luxury car” is “nuts”. He further calls it “dangerous” and mentions it in the same breath as “miracle weight loss drugs or fad diets that never seem to have lasting results. And this is why Vaught had been on a journey across the United States continent for the one year,on foot!

You read that right. He walked across the Atlantic continent, some 3650 Km.

The 39yr old, father of two and a former physically fit U.S marine from Southern California hah not been happy about the weight he had gained over the years after a road accident in which an old couple died. Steve who was driving too fast against a setting sun and hit the couple who were crossing the road. The incident took an emotional toll on him leading to a depression that has seen him indulge to weight 350 pounds, about 177 kgs.

To force his mind to snap out of it, he courageously undertook the grueling challenge of walking from his home town Oceanside, San Diego in southern California on the west coast of the U.S to New York City on the east coast. His purpose, to lose weight and show others like him, that it can be done.

The coast to coast journey that started on April 10th was meant to have lasted 6 months. Vaught ended up being on the road for nearly one year. At less than 1000 km to go he had lost what he jokingly calls a whole girl friend -a whooping 50 Kg (100pounds). This is as much as you would lose with a gastric by-pass in about the same time.

In addition he got to see beautiful sceneries, meet different people and on the negative, nearly bitten by a snake and had split feet.

You would tend to think that he is the one who is nuts for taking on Forest Gump -the 1994 movie that had Forest Gump, acted by Tom Hanks, running across America. But Vaught thinks otherwise. Infact he thinks he “would be nuts not to do this”. And unlike Forest Gump he’s got a reason and an objective he is pursuing.

In a time when weight loss surgery is becoming a preferred means of weight loss for men and women of Vaught’s size, he still chose the hard way out. This is big time because the culture he lives in is a “I-want-it-now, quick-fix” culture. Americans are not only known for wanting it now, but also I-want-it-in-large-XXX. You will see it in the cars, in the T.Vs, in the fridges in the kitchen. Both mindsets are keeping obesity at its highest prevalence in the world, with their cosmetic solution to losing weight.

What such a mind-set seems not to appreciate is that the cure for obesity lies in changing the mindset. Obesity does not drop on you; rather, it creeps on you morsel by morsel through your mouth. It sure doesn’t take two weeks. For Vaught it took months and years. Whoever then said you can lose it in two weeks and keep it off for sure doesn’t know what they are talking about.The solution lies in what Vaught has successfully done, attacking individual obesity from its main underlying factor in a holistic long-term approach.

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Surgical Weight Loss – Understanding The Risks!

August 13, 2009 · Filed Under Weight Loss Surgery · Comment 

We take a closer look at the reasons over-weight people and their families are considering surgery to combat the extra kilos and what are the necessary facts anyone opting for this method of weight loss needs to be aware of so as to be an informed and aware consumer of health care products and services, especially in the modern context.

For those who have watched what they are eating and also tried out various exercise options besides fad diets, pills and gadgets promising weight loss but still find body beautiful eludes them, weight loss surgery may well be the answer to all their woes. But, how far is it safe? Is it a long-term option for weight loss and weight management both? What are the possible side-effects of going under the knife? Who can benefit from it? Are there any restrictions on your lifestyle after you go in for weight loss surgery? How much does it cost? What kind of procedures are followed for weight loss surgery and how can one decide whether one is ready for it or not? Which doctor is best for performing weight loss surgery? Does medical insurance cover weight loss surgery? What is the after-care requirement of weight loss surgery?

All these questions need to be addressed first before one opts for weight loss surgery.

First and foremost, weight loss surgery is a major step to take and only recommended by doctors in a worse-case scenario i.e. when no other options for weight loss exist for the patient and if a patient is fit for surgery and can afford it. Overly fat or really obese people are usually recommended to go in for weight loss surgeries and those at health risks for life-threatening diseases may be given the option of going under the knife as well, to get rid of the excess baggage.

Cutting edge technology has empowered weight loss surgery to be considered a viable option for many overweight persons who have undergone a series of pre-surgery tests, including procedures using advanced medical devices such as roentgenograms, lab tests for chemical, bacteriologic and pathologic determination of imbalances in the human body system apart from using monitoring devices that update the doctor about a person’s exact health condition, including any genetic disorders.

High clinical standards being strictly adhered for all these pre-surgical steps makes it possible for doctors and surgeons to make informed decisions and accurate diagnosis for a patient’s weight problem and to educate them about the best surgical option available to them, within a specific budget and timeline.

Many people may be overly concerned about their appearance and thus aspire to improve on certain body parts but others with excess weigh issues to deal with may actually opt for total body sculpting and weight loss. Weight loss surgery is best considered for the latter case scenario rather than simply cosmetic reasons as it helps people lead longer, healthier more fulfilled ones instead of simply more body/beauty conscious ones.

Thus, people considering weight loss surgery would do well to analyze their true health situation, research the process recommended for them, consult an experienced and qualified bariatric surgeon after getting the nod from their family physician as to the pros and cons of weight loss surgery for themselves.

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