Have you given up on losing weight?
Maybe you’ve tried every fad diet, plus every traditional diet. You’ve tried all the exercises and lifestyle changes, and nothing seems to be working. But don’t give up yet – you still have weight loss surgery options that can change your life.
Today, hundreds of thousands of people opt for weight loss surgery to regain control of their health. Should you be one of them? In this guide, I’ll show you what your weight loss surgery options are, and give you the information you need to make the right choice. Keep reading to learn more!
Your Weight Loss Surgery Options
Weight loss helps you reduce weight, which drastically improves your health and quality of life. When you lose weight, you also reduce the risks posed by health problems related to obesity.
There are two main types of weight loss surgery. First, there’s restriction. In this method, surgery physically changes how much food your stomach can hold, so you can’t consume as many calories as before.
The other type of weight loss surgery is malabsorption surgery. With this approach, surgical methods bypass or shorten a part of the small intestine, so the body won’t be able to absorb as many nutrients or calories from food.
Now, let’s take a look at the most common weight loss surgery options that have changed countless lives so far.
1. Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
With this type of gastric bypass, a surgeon divides the stomach so that a small pouch at the top is separated from the rest. This little section becomes the one part of the stomach that can take food in. People with this kind of surgery will no longer want to – or be able to – eat as much as they did before.
Next, the surgeon cuts the small intestine just below the stomach, and connects it to this new, smaller stomach. The food moves directly between the artificially small stomach and the intestine. However, the rest of the stomach is left intact so it can create the necessary digestive juices.
The part of the small intestine that was still connected to the larger part of the stomach is attached again, so the digestive juices can move through it. Now, the food moves past part of the small intestine as well, so calories aren’t absorbed as efficiently.
2. Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
You’ll often hear this weight loss procedure referred to as “lap band surgery.”
In this procedure, a band with an inflatable balloon in it is attached around the stomach’s upper part. This also artificially makes a smaller stomach pouch, just above the band, with a narrow entrance to the main stomach.
Then, a port of surgically attached underneath the abdomen skin. The surgeon attached a tube to the lap band. The port can be used to add fluid to the balloon or remove it, which makes the balloon inflate or deflate. This changes the size of the band.
This surgery reduces the amount of food the stomach can hold, helping people feel full faster. However, it doesn’t affect the absorption of calories and nutrients. It’s also adjustable, so the surgeon can change the band’s size as the patient’s health needs change.
3. Sleeve Gastrectomy
This weight loss surgery involves separating a part of the stomach and taking it out of the body altogether.
The part of the stomach that’s left inside is shaped into a tube. It’s smaller, so just like in the other weight loss surgery options, it reduces how much food one can eat at a time.
This smaller stomach also makes less ghrelin, the hormone associated with regulating the appetite. Having less of this hormone can mean a reduction in the desire for food.
However, this process also doesn’t affect the intestines’ ability to absorb nutrients and calories from food.
4. Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch
This procedure starts out the same way as a sleeve gastrectomy. First, the surgeon takes out a significant portion of the stomach.
However, the surgeon keeps the valve to the small intestine that releases food, and preserves the top part of the small intestine, or the duodenum.
Next, the small intestine’s middle part gets closed off, and the end of it is attached right to the duodenum. This is called a “duodenal switch.”
This middle part of the small intestine gets cut off, but the surgeon doesn’t remove it from the patient. Instead, they attach it again to the intestine’s end, so the important pancreatic juices and bile can move to the intestine. That’s where the name “biliopancreatic diversion” comes from.
This surgery causes food to go past most of the small intestine, so less nutrients and calories get absorbed, where they can be turned into fat on the body. The stomach is also a smaller size, so less food gets consumed.
Which Weight Loss Surgery is Right for You?
There’s no one-size-fits-all weight loss procedure. Instead, the right one for you depends on your particular health needs and goals.
Your doctor will help you figure out which procedure is best – you don’t need to decide alone. They’ll consider a number of factors in this process. For example, your doctor will ask you about your weight loss history. This can help them decide if you need a procedure with dramatic results, or if a small amount of weight loss will work.
They’ll also ask about your support system. This question might seem strange, but keep in mind that many of these procedures involve long recoveries. You’ll need a good support system to help you through the recovery process before you can be a candidate for those procedures.
Of course, your medical history also needs to be taken into account. If you have certain illnesses, the procedures with faster, more dramatic results might be best for your health.
No matter which one you choose, committing to one of these weight loss surgery options will change your life. Looking for more ways to take control of your health? Check out my guide to energizing foods here.