Surgical Weight Loss

Today, through surgical weight loss programs, medical science has finally developed techniques for those who are dangerously obese. But this avenue is not for the fainthearted. Someone who is serious about losing seventy pounds or more and has repeatedly failed in using all kinds of diets should start by researching the many paths to take for gastric lapband surgery. Some of the areas to research are the risks accompanying each type of surgery, the number of procedures that the surgeon has completed successfully, the kinds of side effects that can appear after the procedure, and what life will be like after the surgery. No one should attempt this treatment without first knowing his own medical history and current health issues. Some problems will prevent a person from undergoing these operations.

One way that people who have issues with obesity can learn about the procedures is to communicate with people who have successfully and unsuccessfully undergone treatments just like the ones they are considering, including gastric lapband surgery. There are message boards and chat rooms dedicated to the severely obese that can help anyone learn about the operations available and the outcomes of these surgeries. Through these areas of communication, a person can find out what the likelihood is that a person who undergoes the surgery will develop cancer as a result of surgical weight loss procedures. The prospective patients can also find out if they will have to undergo the treatment more than once in their lifetime. A wise researcher will gather names of the best known physicians in this field and where he can go to find these physicians.

Another area to research is what has happened when these types of surgeries go bad. The obese can find out from people who know what kinds of side effects they have suffered and some of the treatments for minimally invasive surgical weight loss procedures. Another area to research is how to get approved for one of these surgeries through an insurance company. What those who claim to be Christians do with their bodies is important to the Lord. "What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you. Which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

A person's responsibility is to know his own health issues, how he stands up to surgical procedures, and even how this would affect his loved ones. He should also answer the question of whether or not he has exhausted every other method of losing weight, such as behavior modification, medical prescriptions, the medical history of ancestors, and all other applicable questions. For those patients who have been obese since childhood, the list may be long. But it is essential to consider every other pathway to weight loss before choosing surgical weight loss.

One area of gastric lapband surgery that a prospective patient will need to know is the types of procedures that his insurance company will cover, and if he has no coverage, to investigate a way to finance the treatment. Even with good insurance coverage, most likely the insured will need to pay some kind of deposit. But some clinics offer payment plans for those who are facing huge deductibles and co-payments. But even more important, the prospective patient should find out if there are other professional fees that will be charged outside the doctor's and clinic's fees. Another area to investigate is the credentials of the surgeon. A good surgeon will be board certified. Some of the physicians advertising for this procedure may not have the right credentials to do the surgery. Then he should also investigate the facility's credentials. If the facility is Medicare approved, then it will have the right approvals required by the federal government.

Every facility has a pre-op and post-op program for people undergoing operations. But some are better than others. A consumer should investigate what is available for patients and how much time the facility invests in preparing before the event and helping after the event. Patients may also find social networking tools that can give them more access to programs that aid the severely obese. They should also ask about the success rate for the facility, both for the type of procedures that are relevant to the patient's medical history and the overall medical history of the facility. If the facility has had a history of problems with staff infections or other diseases like that, then the patient may want to contact another facility. When the choice is made to have a surgical weight loss treatment, then the person must prepare spiritually, mentally, and physically. One advantage is to have a close support system that can help ease the problems inherent in this difficult pathway, and especially if the patient encounters problems with the surgery. For most people, this means enlisting the help of their church or close friends. A time of praying together before the procedure will help the person undergoing the treatment feel more confident and ease some of the nervousness. That will in return engender better healing.

A person who undergoes gastric lapband surgery will not miraculously be cured. Instead, that person will have to depend on changes in lifestyle for the rest of his life. These treatments do not mean that the surgery takes care of all the issues besetting the obese person. Rather, the patient must agree to long-term changes in eating habits and in exercise programs. The recovery time may be difficult and extension, but the result may be many more years of a productive and enjoyable life.

Morbid Obesity Surgery

Bariatric or morbid obesity surgery may be required for someone who needs to lose a great deal of weight. Sadly, researchers who track such numbers estimate that over twenty million adults in the United States aren't just overweight, but are obese. The number of obese adults is expected to continue rising at a dramatic rate. Researchers and medical professionals use the term "obese" for a person who weighs twenty percent or more than his ideal weight. Someone who weighs one hundred or more pounds than his ideal body weight is considered to be clinically severe obese. The body mass index (BMI) is another common measurement that provides a ratio based on a person's height and weight. A clinically severe obese person will have a BMI of forty or more. However, if a person's BMI is 35 or more and accompanied by other health complications, this individual also is determined to be clinically severe obese. A few examples of complicating concerns are type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and sleep apnea. Undergoing morbid obesity surgery may the best way to treat people who are this overweight.

Obesity is often considered a chronic disease. This is because various symptoms related to being overweight occur over time. People who are overweight often have accompanying health conditions such as those mentioned above. Additionally, they may have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, difficulty walking or even breathing. The initial problem may stem from overeating, but there are often other underlying causes. A physician specializing in such issues is the best resource for anyone who is considering morbid obesity surgery. The physician can evaluate the patient's health history and the results of diagnostic tests. Bloodwork can determine problems with hormones, cholesterol levels, and other possible concerns. The individual may have physiological problems, perhaps with hormones operating at proper levels. Or the person overeats to compensate for emotional difficulties. Poor nutrition and lack of exercise during childhood might have led to a lifelong struggle with weight.

Even people who don't face the prospects of morbid obesity surgery are often concerned about their health and how much they weigh. Computer users can find out their BMI by doing a simple internet search. At the BMI calculator, a person can enter how tall she is and how much she weighs. The calculator then provides the index number. Generally speaking, those with a BMI of less than 18.t are considered underweight and those with a BMI of 30 or more are considered overweight. By leaving the height as is, a person can even enter different numbers of pounds to find out what weight gives a BMI in the "normal" category. This can help someone know how many pounds she needs to lose for a healthier BMI. However, it's also important to understand that the BMI has its limitations. For example, athletes often have a high BMI for their height because muscle mass weighs more than fat. An athlete might have a slightly higher BMI than a non-athlete and yet be healthier. Additionally, the elderly often have lost muscle mass so the BMI may not be a good indicator for them, either. The BMI should be used only as a starting point. Most people who find out they have a BMI of 25-34 need to re-evaluate their eating and exercise habits. Those with a BMI of 35 or more definitely need to seek medical advice and should perhaps consider morbid obesity surgery.

This simple prayer is recorded in Scripture: "'Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain'" (Proverbs 30:7-9). Though there are pockets of poverty in the United States, generally speaking this is a prosperous nation. It seems that this country has the most obese poor people of any other country in the world at any time in history. Instead of being satisfied with the "food convenient" for health and energy, people devour calorie-laden fast food, sugary soft drinks, and snacks full of saturated fats. Little surprise, then, that some people have to resort to morbid obesity surgery to regain their health. These patients need support from family and friends, not condemnation. It's doubtful that even one clinically obese person doesn't wish with all his heart that he was healthier and less heavy.

There are basically two types of obesity surgeries, restrictive and malabsorptive. Restrictive surgery, such as gastric banding, limits the amount of food the stomach can hold. The patient feels full more quickly than in her pre-surgery days. In the malabsorptive type of morbid obesity surgery, the surgeon re-routes the small intestine. This limits the number of calories and nutrients that the body can absorb. Some research studies suggest that surgery is a better long-term option for severely obese patients than other options. Researchers tracked three groups of individuals for several years: those who initially lost weight through diet and exercise; those who used prescription medications; and those who underwent surgical procedures. Only a small percentage of people were able to stay at an ideal weight through diet and exercise. The percentage who kept off weight after using prescription medications was practically zero. Those who underwent morbid obesity surgery had the greatest percentage of success. The patients who succeed must have a total commitment to the program, both before and after surgery. Counseling is often provided to assist the patient with underlying emotional issues.

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