If you are obese and have tried weight loss through exercise and dieting have not succeeded, it could be time to consider bariatric surgery. If you are ready to make a healthy change in your life, keep reading. How does bariatric surgery work and what are its advantages?
Finally Fed Up?
If you have reached that point and are looking for something that will last a lifetime, look to bariatric surgery. If you have tried diet after diet, exercise regimen after exercise regimen, and nothing changes or you just gain the weight back, you may be finally fed up.
Thousands of obese people have bariatric surgery each year. Of those patients, 90% lose 50% of their excess weight and keep it off long term.
What Happens During Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery changes the shape and function of your digestive system. Bariatric surgery, including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and duodenal switch, affects weight loss by changing the position of the stomach and small intestines. This helps to lessen your appetite, changes how full you feel, and improves your metabolism.
In addition, hormones which cause weight gain and why you can’t lose the pounds are changed. Obesity is a disease, and like most diseases, surgery can help along with exercise and healthy eating.
Bariatric surgery is performed in a hospital setting using general anesthesia, and it usually takes several hours. Some are performed using the traditional way with one large incision in the abdomen. Many are done laparoscopically with a tube inserted through small incisions into the abdomen. A tiny camera gives Dr. Askew the ability to see and operate inside your abdomen without large incisions, and the recovery time is shorter.
Is It For Esthetics Or For Your Health?
Everyone will be pleased about how much better they look after losing weight, but the improvement in your health is much more valuable.
You can improve or resolve certain conditions you developed from being obese or overweight. Some are among the the following:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Bariatric surgery reduces your risk of death from the above diseases and conditions.
It’s a win-win-win. Look better, feel better, and with a healthier body.
Schedule Your Bariatric Surgery Consultation
If you are fed up and ready to find out if bariatric surgery is right for you, contact Cameron S. Askew, MD, PC Bariatric and General Surgery at (205) 874-9780 for a consultation.