Obesity is indeed an immense problem in our current lifestyle. Maintaining our weight and staying fit has become a hardship. Whatever we do, whether it’s regular exercise or dieting, sometimes nothing seems to work. Thus, more and more people are seeking out other ways to stay fit. One such way is obesity surgery. But a lot of people do not know what obesity surgery is all about. So, there are a lot of questions that are frequently asked by patients to obesity surgery doctors. In this blog, we will try to answer such frequently asked questions.
What Is Obesity Surgery?
As the name suggests, obesity surgery or weight loss surgery is a medical procedure which is availed by someone who is obese/overweight to lose the excess weight. This surgery can be done in two ways, open surgery and laparoscopic weight loss surgery. This surgery includes a variety of procedures that reduces the size of the stomach and change the digestive system which in turn helps to reduce the weight.
Who Are Eligible For Obesity Surgery?
There are two kinds of people who are eligible for obesity surgery. If your Body Mass Index is 35 or above (Morbid obese), then you can have weight loss surgery. Even if your BMI is 30 or above (overweight), but you have some obesity-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, asthma, joint pain, etc.
Is Obesity Surgery Safe?
Bariatric Surgery is safer than most of the common surgeries. There are a few minor risks and side effects of obesity surgery. But these are rare. Other than that, obesity surgery is a safe, effective and medically proven process. Furthermore, laparoscopic obesity surgery is an advanced process that has reduced the chances of most of the side effects and risks.
How Effective is Obesity Surgery?
Clinical data shows that post-surgery, most patients get in shape and keep on losing as long as they stick to their post-surgery guidelines. Thus, it can be effective for a lifetime, if the person is dedicated to staying fit.
Are There Any Side Effects of Obesity Surgery?
There are a few side effects. But none of them possess any long term risks or complication. These include dumping syndrome, nausea, dizziness, acid reflux, intolerance to a certain food, vomiting, ulcers, etc. You may have some of these side effects right after surgery but most of them can be cured through mild medication.
What Lifestyle Changes Are Necessary After Surgery?
There are some lifestyle changes needed post-surgery which will help you maintain both your health and weight. These are mainly-
- Have meals in small portions at regular intervals of time.
- Regular exercises like walking, cycling, swimming are very important.
- Limit all kinds of junk food from your daily life and eat nutritious food instead.
Hopefully, most of your questions have been answered. If you want to have laparoscopic obesity surgery, come at ILS Hospitals and seek consult from our renowned bariatric surgeon.