The Pros and Cons of Bariatric Surgery
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Jan 09, 2015  |  Vote 0    0

The Pros and Cons of Bariatric Surgery

North York Mirror

It’s undeniable that weight loss surgery can lead to dramatic, impressive results. Within a year to two years after surgery, many patients appear to have completely transformed. They live fuller, happier lives and no longer struggle with the effects of obesity.

However, it must be acknowledged that bariatric surgery is not an instant, simple solution. Even minimally invasive techniques are major surgical procedures. The decision to pursue surgical weight loss must be made after weighing the pros and cons.

Cost

Weight loss surgery involves investing in a medical procedure and follow-up care. Some clinics, like Slimband, offer full-service programs that include follow-up care and counselling. Others may require ongoing patient costs.

On the other hand, the health complications associated with obesity can be expensive in the long term. For many obese patients, an investment in medical weight loss is money well spent. As weight is lost and goal weight is maintained, patients may find themselves spending less money on diet foods and weight loss program fees.

Permanent vs. Reversible

Gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery involve permanently removing a portion of the stomach, creating a small pouch. Patients will feel full on a smaller amount of food, but must adhere to a strict diet and rely on vitamins and supplements for proper nutrition.  This is a major life change. Before undergoing this type of surgery, patients should be evaluated for physical and emotional eligibility.

For those seeking a reversible technique, gastric banding may be more appealing. Gastric banding surgery, such as the type used in the Slimband program, involves the surgical placement of an adjustable silicone band around the stomach, with no permanent changes to the anatomy. The band allows patients to feel less hungry throughout the day, and eat smaller portions of food at meal times. While this technique requires more diligent patient participation, it can lead to significant, healthy weight loss.

Recovery

Depending on the type of surgery, the recovery period can range from several days to a couple of weeks. Laparoscopic surgical techniques as used in the Slimband procedure are performed on an outpatient basis and involve the shortest recovery times. Major scarring can occur with invasive techniques, while laparoscopic techniques are known for minimal scarring. Some patients choose to follow up with cosmetic surgery to tighten skin after reaching their goal weight.

Compliance

All types of bariatric weight loss surgery require patient participation. For some, these guidelines can be inconvenient and difficult to follow. For others, follow-up care often serves as a healthy support system for weight loss—promoting better nutrition and increased physical activity.

Bariatric surgery patients must consistently eat smaller meals and follow specific eating instructions. Weight loss surgery allows patients to feel full even when meals are small. While bariatric surgery doesn't make an instant change, most patients experience quick weight loss after recovery—losing up to two pounds a week.

As with any medical procedure, potential risks should be fully explained by medical professionals. If you are interested in a safe, sustainable weight loss solution, call Slimband today for more information. 1-800-700-7373.

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