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Bariatric Surgery NY For Obesity

By Lena Stephenson

There are individuals who have tried pills, diets and workouts to lose weight without success. Another viable alternative is Bariatric surgery NY. It is effective and has gained widespread popularity in the recent past because of its benefits. Risks of getting the operation are acceptable and obesity related health conditions such as sleep apnea, hypertension and diabetes can be reduced.

Bariatric operation is not for everyone. An individual has to meet certain criteria to qualify for the operation. A body mass index of above 40 is necessary to go under the knife. Additionally, a body mass index of between 35 and 40 and additional obesity related co-morbidities are considered. The body mass index or simply BMI is a figure calculated by dividing your height and weight.

There are generally three approaches to weight less operations. The approach may seek to limit the quantity of food that one can consume or compromise digestion and absorption. Any of the approaches may be used depending on the experience of the operating surgeon and surgical history of their patient. Of course, the doctor has to walk the patient through all the options available, their risks, complications and results.

Approaches that limit intake of food reduce the size of the stomach or remove a portion of it. A gastric band is used to reduce the size of the stomach, whereas a portion of the stomach is removed through sleeve gastrectomy. Approaches that interfere with digestion and absorption re-sect and re-route the ileum to a smaller stomach pouch a type of operation known as gastric bypass.

Obesity operation is largely successful. It results to 40 to 80% weight-loss within two to three years after the operation. These results, however, depend on the procedure chosen. Patients also have reduced obesity co-morbidities such as diabetes and high blood pressure. In other patients, the co-morbidities go into remission. They also use fewer medicines and may discontinue use altogether.

Just like any other major surgery, Bariatric operation has its risks. For instance, weight loss may be inadequate; no one is assured of drastic weight loss. Also, there is the risk of hernias, blood clots as well as infections. Separated stitches are some of the technical problems that may arise.

The weight loss operation is not a fix-all for weight problems. After the operation, one has to be weight conscious and live healthy. Lifestyle adjustments are necessary to keep one from regaining the lost weight. Proper diet, good exercises and psychological change are all necessary to live a healthy post operation life. In addition, it is imperative to have a positive mental attitude and the dedication to change your lifestyle.

After the operation, the diet recommended for the patient should be clear liquids only until the gut has recovered to an extent from the operation. Such liquids include blended and sugar free food and high in protein for at least two weeks. The amount of food taken has to be carefully monitored because overeating causes nausea and vomiting. Patients should also take a multivitamin oil to cater for mal-absorption of important nutrients.

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