Weight loss surgery is a term used to connote several surgical procedures that are carried out on patients that are seen as being obese. Persons who access weight loss surgery achieve weight loss primarily due to three methods:
- By lessening the size of the patient’s stomach by using a band (called a gastric band).
- Patients may also choose to have some of their stomach removed. Some procedures that utilize these methods are sleeve gastrectomy and biliopancreatic diversion.
- Weight loss Surgeons may also choose to redirect the patient’s small intestine into a small stomach pouch. This particular operation is commonly known as a gastric bypass surgery.
In trying to determine which form of weight loss surgery is safest, it is important to note no form of weight loss surgery is risk free. It is also important to note that in recent years there is a type of weight loss surgery that has resulted in no fatalities. This is the laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding procedure. This is commonly referred to as the LAP-BAND procedure. Persons wishing to access this form of weight loss procedure ought to know that this procedure is an emergency operation. As such, it is primarily used as a last-resort solution for persons suffering from obesity. Moreover, for persons who suffer from obesity, this will not solve their day to day living challenges.
The principal aim of the LAP-BAND procedure is to assist in weight loss by reducing a person’s food intake. The surgeon will achieve this by first making surgical incisions into the patient’s abdomen. This is aimed at limiting any possible health risks associated with surgery. LAP-BAND surgery usually lasts between as little as 30 minutes and as long as 60 minutes. The relatively small time duration is very important in reducing incidences of patient fatality. Owing to the fact that several obese patients also suffer from sleep apnea which adversely affects breathing in its sufferers, the fact that patients are under anesthesia for a relatively short time is a very important factor in ensuring that there have been no patient fatalities resulting from this procedure.
When performed correctly, by an experienced and qualified surgeon, the risk of death is extremely low. As mentioned before, there have been no recorded fatalities from this procedure, unlike other weight loss surgeries. It can be a very important method of helping people who are at least 100lbs overweight to achieve a healthy weight. Importantly, patients will generally achieve at least slight weight loss. This brings with it some additional health benefits to patients such as eliminating sleep apnea and reducing other common health issues faced by obese individuals such as high blood pressure and type-two diabetes. Additionally, patients can continue to lose weight consistently for more than two years after they have done the surgery. Patients who do this surgery can lose anywhere from a third to a half of their excessive weight. This in combination with some lifestyle changes such as proper dieting and consistent exercise will generally yield worthwhile results.