How Effective Is Weight Loss Surgery


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How Effective Is Weight Loss Surgery

  1. 1. ==== ====The Diet Industrys Dirty Little Secret Reveled! ====For severely overweight individuals that have failed to see results from diet and exercise alone,weight-loss surgery has become the safest and most effective means of achieving significantweight loss. In fact, studies have shown that with diet and exercise alone, nearly 95% of obesepatients will gain all the lost weight back within 5 years. On the other hand, long-term successrates for weight-loss surgery - including the LAP-BAND procedure - are remarkably high, allowingpatients to maintain a loss of between 50-70% of their excess body weight. Though there aremany factors that can impact an individual patients weight-loss success, weight-loss surgery issimply the most effective long-term weight loss and healthy lifestyle solution for severely obesepatients.Studies show that most patients that undergo weight-loss surgery will lose between 50-70% oftheir excess body weight within the first three years following their procedure. Those that undergogastric bypass surgery will lose excess body weight more rapidly in the first 12 months than thosethat choose LAP-BAND surgery. However, gastric bypass patients typically experience a greaternumber of complications and side effects than LAP-BAND patients, as the LAP-BAND procedureallows for more gradual and natural long-term weight loss.From a clinical perspective, a weight-loss surgery is considered successful when the patient losesat least 50% of their excess body weight and keeps the weight off for at least five years. Whileimportant lifestyle changes need to be made to ensure that the weight loss is maintained in thelong term, studies have shown that most weight loss surgery patients are able to maintain a 50-60% loss of excess body weight 10 years after the surgical procedure. However, it is important tonote that a weight loss of just 10% of total body weight can begin to have positive health effects inresolution of obesity-related condition like asthma, gastric reflux (GERD), and diabetes. As weight-loss surgery is usually performed on patients that are at least 75-100 pounds overweight or have aBody Mass Index (BMI) of at least 35 with a health condition, overall weight loss can rangeanywhere from 40 pounds to over 100 pounds. But the patient is really the leader behind achievingthese results.While patients will certainly look and feel better after weight-loss surgery, there are also numeroushealth benefits associated with successful weight loss. In most cases, health conditions thatdevelop as a result of excessive body weight or are worsened by obesity can be improved uponor, in some cases, remedied by weight-loss surgery.But there are other ways to measuring success with weight-loss surgery, like the LAP-BANDSystem. For instance, many weight loss surgery patients take great pride in being able to performcertain activities that may not have been possible for a number of years, like crossing their legs,bending over to tie a show, walking up stairs without being easily winded or sitting comfortably inan airplane seat.
  2. 2. While most patients that undergo weight-loss surgery experience incredibly positive results, thereare many factors that can impact the overall success of an individual patients procedure andfollow-up treatment. Here are some important factors to consider as you try to determine whetherweight loss surgery is right for you.Pre-surgery WeightGenerally speaking, the higher a patients pre-surgery weight or BMI, the more excess weight thepatient can lose after surgery. However, recipients of weight-loss surgery with less excess bodyweight will eventually come closer to their ideal weight when committed to long-term diet andexercise. Also, resolution or improvement in obesity-related diseases can occur with evenmoderate amounts of weight. Often many diseases can become closer to cured than improvedwith earlier intervention at a lower weight.Overall HealthWhile pre-existing health conditions can impact the overall success of weight-loss surgery (forinstance, patients with type 2 Diabetes typically lose less excess body weight after surgery),studies have shown that many ailments linked to obesity are either improved upon or fall intoremission after a successful procedure. For instance, a 2000 study performed on 500 weight losssurgery patients showed that nearly 96% of health conditions associated with obesity - such ashigh blood pressure, depression, sleep apnea, back pain and diabetes - improved greatly followingloss of excess weight and long-term commitment to diet and exercise.Surgical ProcedureAs there are potential risks and complications associated with any surgicalprocedure, potential patients should always seek to have their weight-loss surgery performed by atrusted medical staff. Prospective patients should inquire about their surgeons success rates withweight-loss surgery and listen to the experiences of former patients. Additionally, a patientsweight-loss success may also be impacted by the quality of post-surgery care and counselingprovided by their bariatric outpatient facility.Diet and ExerciseAs diet and exercise are two of the most important factors in any weight loss plan, patients withthe physical ability to exercise after weight-loss surgery have increased chances of meeting theirgoals. To maintain the weight loss achieved by surgery, both exercise and healthy eating habitsmust become integral parts of a patients lifestyle.CommitmentThe ability to remain committed to suggested dietary guidelines, exercise regimensand any follow-up care recommended by the bariatric outpatient facility is important for both short-term weight loss and long-term weight management.MotivationPatients that are motivated to lose weight and willing to follow through with diet andexercise prior to receiving weight loss surgery may experience greater levels of successimmediately following the procedure and in the long term. Most people did not find themselvesseverely obese overnight. It took years to reach that weight and therefore patients should bepatient with the weight-loss process, which will also not occur overnight. Successful patients find
  3. 3. small victories along the way to celebrate and stay motivated.SupportAs weight-loss surgery will require some time away from everyday activities, it is important to havethe support of family, friends and coworkers before undergoing any surgical procedure.Furthermore, as the ongoing weight-loss process following bariatric surgery may require a certainlevel of emotional support, prospective patients may want to establish a support network -including friends and family members that can join in on exercise and healthy eating.Considering that significant weight loss can not only remedy many health concerns, but alsoimprove an individuals quality of life, the potential benefits of weight-loss surgery are plentiful. Forseverely overweight individuals that are unable to lose weight via diet and exercise alone, weight-loss surgery is the most effective method of losing weight - and keeping the weight off.Carole S. Guinane, a Chief Clinical Officer writes articles about obesity and weight loss for NewHope Today.Article Source: ====The Diet Industrys Dirty Little Secret Reveled! ====