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Surgical Weight Loss

When all other avenues have been tried, do you resort to surgery for your weight loss goals? The surgical route is on the increase, but is it the right answer for everyone? It carries risks, but do they outweigh the weight you carry?

When all other methods have failed, surgical weight loss is an option that some people turn to. It can be remarkably effective, but it is nonetheless a major medical procedure with inherent risks and complications.

Do you know the options? There's actually two main routes :

  • Restrictive Surgery

    Physically restricts the size of the stomach to slow down digestion of food
  • Malabsorptive/restrictive surgery

    This is a more invasive route that works by changing how you actually take in food


How to Seek Help?

If you are considering surgical weight loss, you should start by talking to your doctor. They will provide you with good information, and help to evaluate whether you are a suitable candidate for surgical weight loss. If your doctor thinks this is appropriate for you, they will refer you to a bariatric surgeon for a more detailed evaluation.

The bariatric surgeon will assess whether one of the two main methods of surgical weight loss is appropriate for you. As briefly mentioned above these are restrictive and malabsorptive.

Restrictive Surgery

Restrictive procedures literally reduce the size of your stomach, allowing you to learn to eat less. Over time, you will not feel deprived on fewer calories.

For this technique to be effective it is essential that you also learn good eating habits. For example eating slowly, eating less, and moderating your drinking habits.

Patients who do not moderate their eating habits post surgery can easily stretch the stomach back out and thus defeat the purpose of the procedure.

Malabsorptive Procedures

These alter the digestive process by creating a bypass of the small intestine, thus reducing the absorption of calories.

This technique is both more effective and more dangerous than the restrictive procedures. Finally, some physicians combine the two techniques to utilise the effects of both restriction and malabsorption.


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