There is the weight gain that comes from eating too many bad things and no exercise and there is the other weight gain that you can do nothing about. Certain genetic reasons and problems with the hormones cause excessive weight gain that people cannot shed easily. These extra pounds cause a lot of health problems such as diabetes, heart attacks and arthritis at a young age. It is for these people with severe weight problems and obesity that weight loss surgery or bariatric surgery is a boon. This surgery includes a lot of procedures; weight loss is either achieved by reducing the size of the stomach by inserting a gastric band or by removing certain sections of the stomach. It is a major surgery and a lot of things have to considered before you opt for one. It is advisable only when your weight becomes life threatening. Here are some things to know about weight loss surgery.
1.It is a painful surgery and needs a lot of post-operative care
This is a surgery that is not to be taken lightly and should never be done for cosmetic purposes. It is highly painful and there are a lot of rules to follow once you get it done. Certain foods will be off the table and you certainly cannot binge on food. Eating too much too soon will only make the procedure a failure and make you go for it one more time.
2.Side effects and complications
With a surgery like this, there are bound to be complications. There is a chance of infection when it is not laparoscopic and because the size of the stomach is reduced, the body will have trouble ingesting vitamins and minerals. There are also chances of the patient developing blood clots in the lungs and the legs. But if you go for regular checkups, the physician will monitor your nutrient levels and put you on a proper diet.
3.Some procedures are not reversible
Depending on what procedure you opt for or is done on you, the procedure becomes irreversible. If it is just the insertion of a gastric band around your stomach, it can be removed, but if certain parts have been removed to reduce the size, it becomes irreversible and you will have to live with it.
4.It is always good to consult your insurance agency before you opt for the procedure as not all policies cover weight loss surgery
Not all insurance policies cover the whole cost of a weight loss surgery and a surgery can cost upwards of 20,000 dollars. Depending on the health issues that are caused by your obesity the insurance cover may vary. Get an insurance cover that will help you deal with the costs incurred by the surgery. Bariatric surgeries are not successful on everyone. It depends on the age and also the lifestyle of the patient. Surgeries on obese, older people have proven to have no effect on the longevity of the patient. But whatever your reasons, make sure you get it done by a reputed surgeon who can also take care of your post-operative requirements.
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