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Weight Reduction Surgery: How Effective Is It for Everyone?

by Ankita Srivastav Health Advisior & Consultant

Most people know what weight reduction surgery is and the reason behind its popularity nowadays. Anyone who is obese or have their BMI above 30 is most likely to opt for bariatric surgery. 


Three different kinds of bariatric surgery are widely popular. Gastric Bypass is the first kind, which is a commonly used weight reduction procedure. It involves re-routing the digestive tract in order to  lessen hunger and promote satiety upon eating small portion of food.. The other two kinds are gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy. An inflatable band is placed around the top portion of the stomach for gastric banding procedure, which creates a smaller stomach pouch. This also lessens a person’s hunger and makes them feel full with little food, leading to much lesser consumption of high calories. . In the sleeve gastrectomy procedure, the surgeon removes around 80% of the stomach to create a smaller stomach pouch. This also limits the amount of food that can be consumed by the patient.


But even after all these types of surgeries, the question remains in people’s minds that ultimately how effective this surgery is on someone. Do the positives really outweigh the negatives? The answer is, for most people, this  is effective. Those who have BMI above 35, bariatric surgery is the easiest way to reduce weight drastically. But there are some factors that can decide on the effectiveness of this surgery on your body. The actual weight a patient will lose after the surgery will depend on factors like:


    • Age

    • Weight before surgery

    • Overall condition of health

    • Specific surgical procedure

    • Ability to exercise

    • Commitment  to stick with the strict post-op diet plan and follow up visits.

    • Motivation and cooperation of family, friends, and associates.


This Surgery has been found to be effective in improving and controlling many obesity-related health conditions. Such as:


    • Back pain

    • Sleep apnea 

    • High blood pressure 

    • Diabetes 

    • Depression


Certain conditions can be improved or even be cured permanently. For example, a lot of patients with Type 2 diabetes,  have demonstrated an excellent improvement of their diabetic condition, to the point of having less or no need for continuing medication.


But that doesn’t mean that this surgery doesn’t have any complications. For instance, in gastric banding, a side effect might occur due to dilation of the food pipe if the patient overeats after surgery. This means patients would need to stick to a strict diet for the rest of their lives and have regular follow-up visits. Gastric bypass procedures also have their disadvantages as it can lead to long-term vitamin and mineral deficiencies. This can lead to lifelong supplementation for patients. 


In a nutshell, it can be said that Weight reduction surgery, just like any major operation poses certain risks to the patient. But as per leading bariatric surgeons, the benefits far outweigh the health risks associated with surgery. 


Thus, it is essential that before you go for surgery, you should make a decision only after you have all the information. Sure, you will lose your weight after surgery but if you continue with the same lifestyle as before, you will most likely end up at the same place, all over again. So, have all the information related to surgery first, weigh your options, and then make an informed decision.




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About Ankita Srivastav Advanced   Health Advisior & Consultant

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