Struggling with weight loss isn’t fun. It can be disheartening, soul-destroying even when all you want to do is lose enough weight to feel healthy again and feel free to move around without pain or feeling out of breath.
When you’ve tried all the traditional diets and haven’t seen the results you’re looking for, what all else can you do to finally shift the weight and start feeling more like yourself again? In this blog, we take a look at the more drastic options for weight loss and how effective they are.
Laparoscopic gastric bands
With any weight loss surgery there are always risks so it’s always worth knowing what it is that you’re getting into. This type of gastric band surgery works by reducing or increasing the size of the stomach and therefore how much food the stomach can hold. Unlike other types of surgery, it doesn’t prevent the absorption of food just the volume. A small balloon fixed around the upper part of the stomach can be inflated or deflated to adjust the amount of food allowed into the stomach.
The benefits of this procedure are that, in the main, patients will see a steady but significant weight loss over two to three years and may even continue losing weight after that time period. Of course, there are disadvantages and in this case the possibility of unwanted side effects is something that might concern the patient. Specialists will warn you that you may experience vomiting, nausea and indigestion all of which can be treated but which can be fairly unpleasant to experience.
Another popular surgical method is the duodenal switch that works by a combination of reducing the size of the stomach and limiting how many calories the body can absorb, again resulting in effective weight loss.
This surgery is known for being an effective and quick solution to weight loss and works by removing part of the stomach and using the small intestine to create different pathways to the stomach.
As you might imagine reducing the body’s inability to absorb calories can also have a knock-on effect to the amount of vitamins and minerals also being absorbed so patients will be asked to take supplements long after the surgery is over to ensure they are getting everything their body needs to stay healthy.
As mentioned up post, any kind of surgery can be risky and with both these options comes an increased chance of suffering from gallstones and blood clots. Before embarking on any kind of diet or signing up for weight loss surgery, make sure you spend some time researching all the possible outcomes and talking to your specialist about the best possible course for you.
Losing weight is an emotional as well as a physical issue and there is a lot tied up in shedding those pounds. Take time to value yourself and your health and remember that you are you no matter what size you are, and you are unique.