Is Weight Loss Surgery For You?
You may be eligible for weight loss surgery if you are an obese adult, especially if you have a weight-related secondary condition (co-morbidity) such as type II diabetes (diabetes mellitus). This solution is not without it’s own set of risks, rewards and considerations, however. You should be very committed to changing your lifestyle and diet permanently if you are considering weight loss surgery.
Obesity affects one in three Americans, and it is a contributing factor in 5 of the top ten causes of death in the U.S. When you consider that diet and working out, the go-to prescription of choice for most physicians, has a failure rate of 98%, you begin to see that any real discussion about permanent (durable) weight loss has to include surgically assisted lifestyle changes.
After weight loss surgery, most people lose weight for 18-24 months before reaching a healthy goal weight and plateau, at which point, maintenance of weight loss takes precedent over weight loss. Very, very few patients will regain all of their weight. The stomach is permanently smaller after gastric sleeve surgery and in addition to simply not being able to hold the same amount of food as before, the so-called “hunger hormone” ghrelin is present in significantly lower amounts post-procedure. The part of the stomach that contains most of these hormones is also the part of the stomach that is removed in a sleeve gastrectomy.
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