What You Need To Know About Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgeries are a minimally invasive way to treat obesity. Unlike plastic surgery, the bariatric surgery gives patients more control over their weight loss and helps them reach lifelong health goals. Bariatric surgery can also treat many conditions that patients have either already developed, are on the verge of developing, or have a family marker for that is triggered by obesity. Obesity simply means you have too much body fat. Obesity is calculated on a BMI chart that takes both your height and weight into consideration. Most people are eligible for bariatric surgery when their BMI is 30-35+. Bariatric surgery isn’t just for weight loss in the cosmetic sense; it can help you transform your health and quality of life. If you’re looking to take the next step in tackling obesity, here’s what you need to know about bariatric surgery.
How Bariatric Surgery Works
If your weight loss attempts have been unsuccessful, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery. Before considering surgery, you should talk to your doctor about everything you have done to achieve your weight loss goals. You may not qualify for bariatric surgery, but be a candidate for other weight loss solutions. Bariatric surgery does not remove fat or tissue, but rather reduces the size of the stomach intestine so you feel fuller or absorb fewer calories—or both.
Types Of Bariatric Surgery
While there are several different methods of bariatric surgery, there are two main types.
- Restrictive procedures decrease the size of the stomach, so the individual feels full quickly. After surgery, the stomach holds less food.
- Malabsorptive procedures decrease the absorption of calories in the small intestine.
Gastric Bypass is both a restrictive and malabsorptive procedure, because it reduces the size of your stomach and calorie absorption. Gastric banding techniques are restrictive procedures that reduce your food intake. Gastric Plication is another restrictive and malabsorptive surgery that helps you achieve weight loss when the stomach is folded over and stitched to itself. For most methods of bariatric surgery, you’ll likely be under general anesthesia during your procedure.
But which bariatric surgery is right for you?
Choosing The Right Surgery For Your Weight Loss
When choosing the right surgery for weight loss, you should take into consideration what your goals are. Sit down with your doctor and identify what has personally brought on your obesity. Do you overeat or find it hard to control portions? Do you tend to never stop eating all day long? Do you find snacking a big problem? Do you have problems simply making the right choices when it comes to food and meals? The best way to figure out just what might be contributing to being overweight is to keep a daily food journal. Writing down exactly what you had for every meal, every snack, every drink, etc. will help you become more aware of what you are putting in your body and help you and your doctor determine which bariatric surgery will work best for you. This will also be an incredibly useful tool after your surgery is over and you’re maintaining your weight.