Bariatric surgery is a type of weight loss surgery that alters you’re digestive system and helps you lose weight. Through this kind of procedure, you will have a reduced nutrient absorption, limited food consumption, or both. This kind of surgery is only warranted if you do not lose weight despite following diet and exercise regimens or you’re weight already poses serious health problems.
To date, their are seven different types of Bariatric surgery available. This includes: Aspire Assist, Duodenal Switch, Lap-Band, Gastric Balloon, Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve, vBloc Therapy
Of these, the gastric bypass procedure is the most commonly performed and is the one associated with lesser complications. Still, this kind of procedure is considered a major surgery and it is important that you weigh the advantages and disadvantages of having one.
Aside from losing weight, undergoing a bariatric weight loss surgery has several medical benefits particularly those illnesses associated with obesity such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, diabetes, difficulty sleeping, knee and hip problems, body pains and urinary incontinence.
Why is Bariatric Surgery Done?
Bariatric Surgery has increased in recent years as a result of the growing number of overweight and obese individuals. According to the estimates of the World Health Organization, their are about 1.6 billion overweight and obese people worldwide. It is frightening that about 2.5 million die annually from diseases associated with being obese or overweight. In fact, the British Heart Foundation expects that half of the UK population will become obese in 25 years.
Many individuals have tried different kinds of diets. In the US, as much as 41% are on a diet but many fail to stick to their diets and oftentimes end up weighing more than the pre-diet weight.
Unfortunately, some individuals continue to gain weight at a faster rate that diet and exercise are not enough to curb the numbers. As a result, bariatric surgery becomes necessary and warranted.
Wat Happens After a Bariatric Surgery?
After your weight loss surgery, you may be asked to stay in the hospital for at least three days, depending on you’re procedure. You may return to work after 2 weeks and you are expected to fully recover after six weeks.
Since you’re body needs time to adjust to you’re limited food consumption, you may be asked to go on a liquid diet for a couple of weeks as you prepare for a gradual transition back to solid foods.
The most important part of the recovery for weight loss surgery is you’re commitment to stay with in you’re desired and ideal weight. You will be asked to follow a diet and exercise regimen.