Choosing the “Right” Weight Loss Surgery Procedure
Weight loss is always at the top of most people’s New Year’s resolutions year in and year out. Despite this fact, it seems as though weight loss is a never-ending goal that exists only in our dreams. Proper diet and exercise are a given if we want to lose weight. Most people may find this too difficult to practice considering the stress and pressures of our daily activities. There might be a faster way to achieve this by reducing the size of the stomach.
There are many weight loss surgery procedure but not all of them could be right for you. Weight loss surgery may increase your risk for gallstones. Your surgeon may recommend having a cholecystectomy. This is surgery to remove the gallbladder. It may be done before the weight loss surgery or at the same time. It is always best to consult your doctor regarding your options. Your current state of health and wellness must be considered before undergoing any procedure.
Weight Loss Surgery Options
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
A laparoscopic gastric bypass is a weight loss surgery procedure that uses a camera to guide instruments through small incisions in our belly. Normal digestion allows food to pass through the stomach and onto the small intestine where nutrients are absorbed. It proceeds to the large intestines where waste is eventually excreted. A gastric bypass procedure creates a new stomach pouch from a part of the stomach. It is then connected directly to the middle portion of the intestine thereby bypassing the rest of the stomach.
Laparoscopic Gastric Banding
In a gastric banding procedure, the surgeon places a silicone band around the upper part of your stomach to create a small pouch to hold food. This results in limiting the amount of food you are able to take in by making you feel fuller much sooner after eating small amounts of food. Reduced food intake results in weight loss and helps you control your cravings. This leads to about 35% to 45% loss of excess weight. Gastric banding is considered to be the least invasive and safest weight loss procedure. This procedure can be reversed in the future should you choose to and the stomach shall return to its normal size.
Gastric plication is another laparoscopic procedure for weight loss that involves sewing one or more large folds in the stomach. In this procedure, the stomach volume is reduced by about 70% which makes the stomach able to hold less food. There is no cutting, stapling, or removal of the stomach or intestines during the Gastric Plication. The gastric plication may potentially be reversed or converted to another procedure if needed. The gastric plication procedure takes approximately one to two hours to complete.
A Sleeve Gastrectomy involves permanently removing a large portion of the stomach with a stapling device. This reduces the size of the stomach from the size of a football to the size of banana. The holding capacity of the stomach is reduced from about 1.5 liters of food and liquid down to about 200mls. It limits the amount of food you are able to eat by making you feel fuller after eating small amounts of food. Despite being smaller, the stomach sleeve still functions like a normal stomach. Patients also feel less hungry between meals. Patients who have had a Sleeve Gastrectomy eat approximately 1/4 of what they used to eat.
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