Is Bariatric Surgery Right For Me?
Bariatric surgery offers an effective approach to help you lose excess weight and regain your health by limiting the stomach’s capacity. Because you eat less, you’ll experience gradual and continual weight loss.
In fact, 90% people who have bariatric surgery lose at least 50% of their excess body weight. Some of the other changes you may experience are:
- A decreased risk for heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, hypertension, arthritis and other serious medical problems.
- People with hypertension or diabetes may be able to reduce or eliminate medications.
- Young women with abnormal or absent menses will have normal periods again.
- Sexual function improves for many males.
- Sleep apnea episodes may diminish.
- Effects of arthritis may be eliminated or slowed.
- Self esteem and energy increases.
For many individuals who are morbidly obese, surgery is the only method that helps them successfully control their weight. Bariatric surgery promotes weight loss by decreasing food intake and promoting proper food selection.
Some questions to ask yourself when considering bariatric surgery are:
- Have I exhausted nonsurgical measures?
- Am I well informed about the available surgical procedures and the effects of treatment?
- Am I determined to lose weight and improve my health?
- Can I maintain a lifelong commitment to medical follow-up and vitamin/mineral supplementation?
Types of Surgery
There are three operations for the treatment of obesity that are currently popular in the United States:
- Laparoscopic Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass
- Open Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass
- Lap Band Surgery (also known as lap banding, lapband surgery and gastric banding)
The type of surgery best for you will be determined by your personal weight loss goals as well as the opinion of your surgeon. After you have carefully researched the options available to you and consulted with your doctor, a decision can be made as to what surgery will benefit you the most.