Over 140,000 people a year have some form of weight loss surgery. Did you know that? And, the numbers keep growing. Recent studies show that weight loss surgery is on the rise. Gaining popularity among middle aged people and women. Young American obesity has also skyrocketed. Weight loss surgery among minors tripled from 2000 to 2003. Wow. After years of dieting and years of failing to lose weight sometimes people just have to have weight loss surgery. That is in order to make their life better, possibly save their life, but definitely to start living their life again with new purpose.
Weight loss surgery reduces health-threatening weight problems along with excess weight. That’s great news! But, weight loss surgery is also seen as a last resort. After all attempts at other weight loss efforts have failed. Most people can avoid weight loss surgery with some return to a more balanced diet and exercise program. But, if you fall into the category of weighing more than 100 pounds over your ideal body weight, or, if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher and diet and exercise isn’t doing it for you, weight loss surgery is a serious option to consider.
There are three types of weight loss surgery: 1) Restrictive 2) Combined Restrictive and 3) Malabsorptive. Restrictive Surgery uses bands or staples to create food intake restriction. Combined Restrictive is a combination of Restrictive Surgery with Malabsorptive (Bypass). The most popular of all weight loss surgeries is the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. It is a combination stomach stapling with a gastric bypass. It is performed hundreds of thousands of times a year.
Malabsorptive surgery that is not in combination with a Restrictive Surgery is nearly extinct. It is too difficult to prevent post operative malnutrition and other side effects. Whereas Malabsorptive Surgery such as Bileopancreatic Diversion (BPD) when adapted with duodenal switch (BPD/DS) is a very popular weight loss surgery. It’s the combination that makes it effective.
Weight loss surgery has plenty of risks associated with it so you use good judgment when researching. Only rely on expert advice when considering any kind of surgical procedure. Ultimately whether you have weight loss surgery or achieve your ideal weight loss through diet and exercise, you will be changing your lifestyle for improved health.