Bariatric Bypass Surgery

Obese patients usually opt for bariatric bypass surgery after failing to lose pounds on numerous weight loss programs. Often men and women who choose to undergo drastic weight loss surgery have failed at diet and exercise plans and continue to experience chronic health problems as a result of being overweight. Some suffer from diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis, as bones are impacted by carrying around excessive poundage. Many overweight individuals also suffer from low self esteem, loneliness, and isolation, avoiding shopping malls, restaurants, movie theatres, and public transportation because of morbid obesity. For these patients, sometimes going under the knife is their only recourse. Bariatric bypass surgery, also known as biliopancreatic diversion, involves reducing the stomach's size by re-sectioning it to create a smaller pocket. Surgeons then connect this smaller pouch to the small intestine, bypassing the duodenum, which is the beginning portion of the small intestine leading to the jejunum. Approximately two to three weeks after surgery, patients are forced to eat less simply because a smaller stomach gets full quicker. Many patients lose up to 100 pounds within one to three years on a diet of less than 1,000 calories per day.

While bariatric bypass surgery is effective in weight loss for morbidly obese patients, there are some serious side effects, including death. Patients have expired on the operating table due to complications; and those who survive may suffer from what is commonly called "dumping," or vomiting stomach contents due to overeating. Because patients are not able to absorb nutrients from food, many must take a multivitamin supplement for the rest of their lives. Surgeries may also be required to remove blockages caused by scar tissue or to repair leaks at the incision. As with many surgical procedures, bariatric bypass may cause hernias, infections, pneumonia, bloating, and diarrhea. Adverse side effects can also include hair thinning or loss, which can be traumatic in females. Hair loss can be attributed to the lack of nutrients; and doctors may recommend increasing protein intake to counteract thinning. Hair loss may also be disguised with professional prosthetics, weaves, or wigs; but most patients feel that the loss of a full head of hair is well worth the loss of fifty to one hundred pounds.

Studies indicate that most bariatric bypass surgery complications occur within the first six months after surgery; as patients usually adjust to a regimented diet. Patients are required to consume a liquid diet following the procedure, gradually adding soft, pureed foods until the stomach can heal and handle more solids. Baby food and pureed vegetables, unsweetened fruit juices, water, gelatine, mashed potatoes, broth, and low-fat or skim milk are recommended. Patients who were once able to consume large quantities of food at one setting usually experience a feeling of fullness after only a few bites. And because they consume less food in order to feel full, the pounds begin to noticeably vanish almost immediately. A sustained diet of smaller portions enables patients to lose large amounts of weight post-surgery, much to their delight. While many obese individuals are concerned about getting rid of excess weight; similarly, born again believers are admonished to shed the excess pounds of besetting sin: "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;" (Hebrews 12:1-2a).

While rapid weight loss is a tremendous benefit of bariatric bypass surgery, the resulting excess skin can be a challenge. Skin which was stretched for years due to excessive fat will usually hang on a patient who is experiencing rapid loss of fat and tissue. Excess skin can become uncomfortable and decay if left untreated. Doctors recommend following an exercise program to build muscle and reduce stubborn fat; however some patients opt for additional cosmetic surgery to remove excess skin. Body sculpting, performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, may be necessary to reshape the patient's body. Some men and women choose to have liposuction, tummy tucks, breast implants or reduction, or whole body lifts to refine the physique and complete the work bariatric bypass surgery has begun.

Morbidly obese patients who undergo bariatric bypass surgery not only reap the benefits of a better body, but also reclaim physical health and mental well being. Weight loss operations add years to the lives of patients who suffered severe and chronic health problems. Many report a decrease in blood pressure and a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. Some diabetics also report being able to reduce or stop insulin dosages. Nearly all patients experience renewed energy and an ability to engage in active sports, such as swimming, tennis, biking or hiking, due to successful surgery results. And because they are no longer haunted and taunted by the stares and jeers of others or by feelings of low self esteem, patients can look at life with a renewed outlook.

Before seriously considering bariatric bypass surgery, individuals should seek the opinion of qualified physicians and surgeons. There are alternative methods of weight loss that are not as drastic; however most non-surgical methods will take time and patience. Pounds were not put on overnight, nor will they easily be taken off overnight. Following a diet and exercise plan tailored to a specific individual's body type, perhaps under a doctor's supervision, may be the safest avenue toward a slimmer body. Weight loss operations are also expensive and may not be covered under some insurance policies, unless the patient's overall health is in jeopardy. Plastic surgeons also recommend that obese individuals seek psychological counseling prior to the operation to determine if they have unrealistic expectations or behavioral problems which may become exacerbated post-surgery. Many times, individuals equate weight loss with happiness; however true happiness can only come from God and self-acceptance. Men and women who decide to go ahead with a bypass should carefully select qualified and experienced surgeons with a history of multiple successes. Patients should ask for references and background checks to ensure that the physician is well qualified.

Bariatric Surgery Center

A bariatric surgery center can help patients who struggle with morbid obesity to undergo life altering treatments that will put them back on the path to good health. Morbid obesity is a serious health issue than can result in diseases of the heart and circulatory system, diabetes, orthopedic problems, risks of cancer, and shortened lifespans. For those who have tried other, more traditional ways of loosing weight and failed, an operation may be the only answer. For many who have faced this obstacle to good health, the world has not been kind. Prejudices and wrong assumptions have accompanied them all of their lives. In fact, many obese individuals may have neglected to obtain sufficient medical care out of shame or fear of insensitive treatment by medical professionals. Finding a facility that will treat them with dignity can be very important. Kindness and a lack of judgment on the part staff members can make the difficult step of turning to a bariatric surgery center much easier.

A patient will usually meet with a physician or other staff member for an initial consultation. During this consultation, all avenues of treatment may be explored and the best options for the individual will be explained. Excessive weight gain can have many emotional components as well as physical causes. It can be very important to remain sensitive to these issues throughout the process. In some cases, a bariatric surgery center will offer group classes that explain in detail what is involved in every method of treatment that is available. Gastric bypass surgery has two primary goals, to restrict the amount of food that a patient can eat at one time and to reduce the absorption of the food that the patient does eat. Some experts estimate that a patient will be able to loose up to eighty percent of unwanted body fat. This weight loss is generally considered to be a long term solution to this serious problem. After the operation takes place, a patient will need follow up care and encouragement. This is a serious operation and adequate recovery time should be planed for. When seeking a quality facility, questions about the level of follow up care should be investigated. Long after recovery, the patient may need special care, counseling, and attention. A reputable bariatric surgery center should be able to help patients find the resources to meet these needs.

Another responsibility of a reputable bariatric surgery center is to explain to patients the negative aspects of the operation as well as any associated dangers. Nutritional deficiencies that occur due to the operation's goal of reducing the absorption of food. This problem will mean that the patient will need to initiate certain dietary changes as well as appropriate changes in their lifestyle. The post gastric bypass body may not respond well to foods that are high in fat, refined sugar, and simple carbohydrates. Information on these necessary dietary changes will need to be made available to all patients. Before a patient at a bariatric surgery center undergoes a procedure, they will need to be informed on exactly what will be taking place.

Gastric bypass involves dividing the stomach into a much smaller pouch, making less room for food. The malabsorptive factor of these procedures will involve making a division in the small intestine. Another procedure is called lap band surgery and can often be accomplished laparoscopically. This operation is somewhat simpler than it's counterpart, gastric bypass. There is additionally no malabsorptive feature to deal with and no work that is done on the small intestine. Also called adjustable gastric banding surgery, this procedure works through banding off the stomach to make it smaller and restrict the amount of food that the organ can handle.

There are a number of medical benefits of these operations and a qualified bariatric surgery center will be able to explain these benefits to candidates. Diabetes can be a very serious health issue and the weight loss that results from these procedures can improve this condition in patients, or even eradicate it all together. Hypertension may be greatly improved or eliminated all together as well. Many overweight individuals struggle with sleep apnea, and serious weight loss can successfully address this issue. Orthopedic issues such as joint damage and pain can improve dramatically. Life expectancies will usually jump, sometimes by decades. The likelihood that a heart related catastrophe with take place will usually be greatly reduced. The relief of no longer carrying an extra eighty to one hundred pounds can certainly add to the patients overall quality of life. Love is a very important issue in the Bible and the book offers many descriptions of this important emotion and action. "Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." (Romans 13:10)

Often a bariatric surgery center will help the patient establish good habits after surgery. Once recovery is complete, regular exercise should be part of a patient's regular routine. There are a number of obvious benefits that are associated with a quality program of cardiovascular exercise. A boost in metabolism is an important benefit. An overall improvement in cardiovascular health is another. The ability to build muscle mass and work off fat can make a big difference for recovering individuals. Whatever choices a physician and patient may make, having the help and advice that is provided by the qualified staff of a reputable medical facility is vital.

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