Once it is found that you qualify for bariatric surgery, you and your doctor are going to need to determine the option that makes the most sense for your health, BMI, budget, and commitment to weight loss. One of the most common options used by bariatric surgeons today is known as the gastric sleeve, or the “vertical sleeve gastrectomy.”
Yet despite the success of gastric sleeve there is another related surgery, known as the duodenal switch, that may support greater weight loss in patients. But how do gastric sleeve and duodenal switch compare? We explore the two options in this article. (more…)
Weight loss surgery is the most effective way to lose substantial amounts of weight when all other forms of weight loss have failed. But it is not a magic pill. Those that undergo bariatric surgery still need to motivate themselves to maintain their diet and exercise requirements and challenge themselves to continue to meet their weight loss goals.
Studies have shown that one of the best ways to do this is by surrounding yourself with support and that support groups and spending time with others that are going through weight loss surgery or have recovered from obesity may be one of the key factors in determining the success of the surgery. (more…)
Morbid obesity can present a number of different health challenges. From difficulty sleeping to risk of Type II diabetes, obesity is considered a severe public health crisis, contributing to dozens of diseases and a very low quality of life.
Morbid obesity is also known to reduce life expectancy dramatically. Studies have shown that those that struggle with obesity may be eliminating years from their life, and reducing their quality of life during those final years. (more…)
Gastric bypass surgery is considered one of the most effective solutions for weight loss in those with obesity that have struggled to lose weight. The surgery limits the number of calories a patient can eat, greatly reducing their hunger and automatically lowering their BMI. It’s typical for most patients to lose well over a hundred pounds during the one or two years that follow surgery, with an average of 60% excess weight loss. (more…)
Bariatric surgery is often a necessary step to save those struggling with morbid obesity that are unable to lose weight without help. While it is considered a last resort for weight loss patients, it is also one of the most effective and life-saving techniques available for addressing the challenges associated with obesity. (more…)
Bariatric surgeries are effective at helping obese patients who haven’t otherwise been able to lose weight find a medical solution that is proven effective at supporting weight loss. For many, it is a lifesaving procedure, but due to their high costs, most patients need their health insurance carrier to help them pay for the surgery. (more…)
Obesity causes significant stress and damage to the body. From diabetes to sleep apnea to heart disease, there are dozens of changes that obesity makes to the body that can affect your health and potentially reduce your lifespan. (more…)
Gastric Sleeve Forbidden Foods
Also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy, gastric sleeve surgery is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of the stomach by 85%. During the surgery, a section of the stomach is removed leaving a thin tube-shaped stomach. Because the stomach is so much smaller, the patient will feel full faster and consume less food leading to weight loss. (more…)
Current Statistics on Bariatric Surgery
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the obesity rate in America is somewhere between 26-32%, almost 1 in 3 Americans. Since 1988, the average American male has gained over 17 pounds while the average female has gained about 15 ½, Spotlight on Obesity reports. If these trends continue, nearly 43% of all Americans will be obese by 2018. The CDC also reports that the annual medical cost of obesity in America is $147 billion and the annual medical cost for obese persons versus average weight individuals is $1,429 more. (more…)
It’s important to take great care when considering whether or not bariatric surgery is for you. By understanding all of the factors involved with surgery, you can make the most informed decision for your particular health. (more…)