There are four main options for bariatric surgery that help obese individuals safely and effectively lose weight. These surgeries are performed to alter the patient’s digestive system, aiding in appetite control and therefore weight loss. The alterations will re-route the digestive track and limit the amount of food consumption, making the patient feel fuller quicker and be able to eat smaller portions.
These weight loss surgeries are most beneficial to those individuals who have been diagnosed as morbidly obese and are physically unable to exercise due to the effects that the extra mass has on their strength and endurance. Sometimes it is too dangerous for an individual to strength train or do cardiovascular exercises in order to lose weight. Weight loss surgeries also for patients whose bodies have not responded favorably to traditional diets. Sometimes a person with terrible eating habits can stretch their stomach to the point that small and frequent meals just don’t fulfill their appetite. They feel the need to eat a lot, all the time, and may never be completely satisfied with a meal.
These weight loss surgeries are collectively known a bariatric surgery. The three types of surgeries are restrictive, malabsorptive, and a combination of both. The four most common surgical options are LapBand surgery, gastric sleeve surgery, mini gastric bypass, and traditional gastric bypass. Each of the four surgeries have their own benefits unique to each individual patient. It is best to have a consultation with a certified bariatric surgeon to determine which option will likely help you to achieve the weight loss goals you have in mind. Because these procedures are major operations, there are inherent risks and side effects that you will want to thoroughly discuss with the surgeon.