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Weight Loss Surgery
If you or a loved one is affected by obesity, know that you are not alone. Also, know that there are effective surgical solutions for obesity that improve the quality of life and overall health of patients.
Weight loss surgery is not only about becoming thinner, but it is also about achieving and living a healthier, more active life.
Problems Caused by Obesity
Obesity can cause depression and low self-esteem due to psychological and social pressures associated with the condition. Obesity increases the risk of some cancers such as esophageal, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and others. Obesity and its related disorders result in the incidence of various diseases as well as premature mortality.
Causes of Obesity
A chronic condition, obesity results from the intersection of environmental influences and a predisposition to gain weight due to heredity. According to a study published in Behavioral Genetics, there are over 400 genetic markers that co-occur with obesity.
Environmentally, an increased sedentary lifestyle accompanied by a diet rich in fat and sugars and low in fiber have contributed to continued weight gain in Western cultures. Until obesity is cured with better habits and diet, weight loss surgery Charleston may be the best solution for some sufferers.
The three principal types of weight loss surgery currently employed are restrictive surgery, malabsorptive surgery, and a combination of restrictive and bypass surgery.
- Laparoscopic gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy are examples of restrictive surgeries for weight loss.
- Biliopancreatic diversion, or BPD, is a type of malabsorptive weight loss surgery.
- A more restrictive combined procedure is a lap gastric bypass (RNY), and a more malabsorptive combined procedure is a duodenal switch.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that gastric bypass patients experienced a 50% baseline body weight loss at 5 and ten-year follow-up intervals.
Another benefit of bariatric surgery is that co-occurring conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, gall bladder disease, sleep apnea and osteoarthritis can improve significantly after surgery.
Help When You Need It
There is help for people that suffer from obesity. Your trusted bariatric surgeon will know the correct procedure and follow-up care based on your individual goals and medical history and will support you throughout your journey to wellness. If you are looking for a solution to a lifetime of frustrating weight issues and the negative consequences for your health, a call to a bariatric surgeon might just hold the answers you seek.