to Weight Loss Surgery (WLS)
How WLS Works
How to Qualify
Types Of WLS
Health Benefits of WLS
Complications of WLS
After Weight Loss Surgery
How Dumping Occurs
Eating After WLS
Diet Plan After Bypass
WLS Support Groups
Cost of Weight Loss Surgery
Find a Surgeon for WLS
Weight Loss Program Option
How Effective Is WLS
Results of Bariatric Surgery
Success Rates of WLS
Why WLS Doesn't Work
Quality of Life After
Bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery refers to any gastric procedure
designed to reduce food intake or calorie absorption in order to treat
Gastric Bypass Guide
Health Dangers of Bypass
What is Gastric Banding
Restrictive vs. Malabsorbtive
What Weight Loss Surgery
Stomach banding operations reduce
the functional size of our stomach (with a gastric band, silastic ring
or staples). This restricts the amount of food we can eat at one meal.
By reducing our calorie intake, it causes us to lose weight. Stomach bypass
procedures go further. This type of surgery reduces the amount of eaten
food that can be absorbed in our digestive tract. So not only do we eat
less calories, we also absorb less calories. This is why gastric bypass
surgery tends to produce greater weight loss than other bariatric operations.
Health Risks of BDP
Quality of Life After
Duodenal Switch Operation
Duodenal Switch Risks
Pouch Gastric Bypass
Fobi Pouch Benefits
Fobi Pouch Risks
Lap Band Procedure
Lap Band Operation
Lap Band Benefits/ Risks
Silastic Gastric Ring
Stomach Stapling Procedure
Stapling Benefits/ Risks
Stomach Stapling Results
After gastric reduction, patients
must adhere to a very strict
dietary regime, starting with a liquids-only diet and progressing
to a healthy low-fat eating plan.
In addition, gastric bypass
patients need to take nutritional supplements for life. Failure to follow
post-operative guidelines on eating & exercise habits may lead to
weight regain. So inform yourself about all aspects of the bypass or banding
operation you are considering, and ask about support groups to help you
eat properly afterwards.
Into Gastric Pacemaker/Stimulator
Research into VBG
Bariatric Research Articles
Obesity Surgery Research
Gastric Surgery Studies
Stomach Bypass Research
Stomach Banding Research
Gastric Reduction Research
Research Into Health Complications
Research into Nutrition After
WLS Psychosocial Factors
A Bariatric Surgery Story
Not many years ago, I suffered
from what doctors call malignant obesity, that's about 200 pounds
or more over ideal body weight. Even now, I can't admit exactly how overweight
I was. Thankfully, I was lucky. I managed to lose weight and over a period
of years I have managed to achieve a sense of normality. But it hasn't
My Weight Loss Experience
My journey from clinical
malignant obesity, through morbid obesity and overweight, down to a relatively
healthy weight, opened my eyes to both benefits and drawbacks of
weight loss surgery. And I decided that, given the opportunity, I would
explain the complications and the success rates of gastric bypass procedures,
as well as the costs and issues about medical insurance cover, to others
who are obese - just like I was - in the hope that it might offer them
the support and advice that I lacked. Hence this information resource
about gastric reduction surgery.
Bariatric Surgery: No Quick-Fix
I am not a spokesperson
for weight loss surgeons, nor do I recommend bariatric surgery for everyone.
Indeed, I can vouch for the fact that these surgical operations are no
easy answer. And the side-effects, both immediately after the operation
and in the longer-term, can be quite distressing!
But if I can explain some
of the issues surrounding gastric surgery - the risks as well as the
benefits - then I feel that I might make a difference... to someone
Weight Loss Surgery Won't
Cure Your Obesity Problem By Itself
Bariatric surgeons operate
on your body, NOT on your mind. So if you have failed to lose weight with
conventional dietary methods, DON'T EXPECT to get an easy ride, just by
having a gastric bypass operation. The typical diet program after gastric
bypass is so restrictive that patients frequently find it too difficult.
This is why many bariatric patients end up cheating and even gain weight
over the following years. Instead, see weight loss surgery as an opportunity
to start over and learn new healthy eating and fitness habits.
Is Bariatric Surgery Effective?
Given the serious, even
life-threatening effects of severe clinical obesity, many medical experts
support surgical methods to reduce morbid obesity, citing the relative
ineffectiveness of conventional treatments such as diet, exercise and
lifestyle counseling. However, others are concerned about the relative
high rate of perioperative and post-operative complications of bariatric
surgery, plus the difficulties experienced by patients in adapting to
their new diet. Although research into surgical techniques, health risks
and psychosocial factors is ongoing, the bottom line appears to be this:
- Bariatric procedures are serious operations
with a risk of significant complications. Many gastric surgeries are
irreversible. Thus before deciding, candidates should thoroughly discuss
all their options with their doctor.
- Patients must have realistic
and informed expectations about the impact of surgery on their
weight, body shape and eating habits.
- After surgery, it is vital to adhere
strictly to the proper dietary and exercise guidelines.
- Participation in post-operative support
groups is beneficial for many patients.
After Weight Loss Surgery
Most patients who undergo
gastric bypass, or some form of gastric banding procedure, do lose weight.
Many lose a lot of weight. But this massive weight loss brings problems
of its own. Typically patients are left with large folds of excess skin,
along with loose muscles and sometimes localized pockets of unsightly
fat tissue. In such cases, bariatric plastic surgery, or lipoplasty (liposuction),
can help to reshape the normal structures of the body in order to improve
appearance and self-esteem. That said, plastic
surgery is no easy option. Mostly, it involves exchanging one cosmetic
problem (eg. loose skin) for another (scars). As always, seek advice
from your doctor before taking a decision.
Plastic Surgery After Weight Reduction
Surgery After Weight Loss
Costs of Plastic Surgery
Find a Plastic Surgeon
Bariatric Plastic Surgery Procedures
is Abdominoplasty Plastic Surgery?
Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Guide
Body Lift (Torsoplasty) Guide
Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Guide
Dermolipectomy Procedure Explained
Face Lift (Rhytidectomy) Guide
Male Breast Reduction
Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty) Guide
Panniculectomy After Weight
Thigh Lift (Thighplasty) Guide
Need Advice About Surgery?
If so, talk to your doctor.
Only your personal medical adviser can give you accurate advice about
whether weight loss surgery is a good option for you. However, you will
find a wide range of general information about gastrointestinal
surgery on this website, together with contact details for several
official organizations involved in bariatrics.
After Gastric Reduction Surgery
bariatric patients think that having surgery is going to solve their
obesity problem without further effort. Nothing is further from
the truth! It is only after having lap band or gastric bypass that
the struggle begins. To begin with, it is vital for all patients
to follow their post-operative dietary
guidelines, about what foods to eat, how fast to eat and what
types of food to avoid. In addition, it is vital to start taking
exercise and gradually raise our fitness levels in order to recover
mobility and health. Lastly, patients who undergo bypass and some
restrictive surgeries are required to follow a lifelong plan of
nutritional supplements to maintain adequate intake of vitamins
and minerals.No bariatric surgeon can guarantee weight reduction
after any type of bypass or stomach banding operation without proper
dietary and exercise compliance by the patient.
to Reduce Obesity
Rather than seeing
bariatric type surgery as the solution to your weight problem, see
it as an opportunity to relearn good eating and exercise habits.
Above all, follow the advice of your surgeon and dietitian as closely
as possible. By doing this you get all the benefits of weight loss
surgery including reduced risk of diabetes, cholesterol, heart disease
and cancer. But if you cheat, weight reduction becomes slower and
slower and you may regain most of the weight you lose.
Mass Index & Obesity
Health Risks of Obesity
Weight Related Risks
Morbid Obesity Surgeries
Effect of WLS on Life Quality
of Morbidly Obese
Obesity Levels USA
Obesity Levels Worldwide
Obesity Mortality Rate
Obesity Risk For Diabetes
Surgical Treatment -
Treatment Of Obesity
Surgery for Obesity
Weight Loss Help Forum
Details of Lipoplasty
Types Of Liposuction
Risks of Liposuction
Cost of Liposuction
Liposuction, also called lipoplasty or liposculpture or suction
lipectomy, refers to a cosmetic operation during which excess adipose
tissue (fat) is removed from the body by a cannula connected to
a vacuum pump.
Loss Surgery Advice
If you suffer from
morbid or malignant obesity and wish to explore your options for
surgical treatment, you must first consult your personal doctor.
If you want information about certain types of surgery, or if you
want to find a weight loss surgeon, contact these official bariatric
bodies: American Society of Bariatric Physicians
and American Society for Bariatric Surgery.
is commonly divided into two types of procedure: reconstructive
and cosmetic. The former corrects abnormalities of the body caused
(eg) by trauma or congenital defects, while cosmetic surgery reshapes
normal body structures to enhance appearance. Typical cosmetic procedures
are breast enlargement or implant, nose surgery and face lift. On
this site we focus only on bariatric-type plastic surgeries designed
to improve body shape after massive weight loss, by excising surplus
fat and skin and tightening loose muscle.
Surgery vs. Liposuction
The difference between
surgeries (like tummy tuck, body lift, mini-tummy luck) and
liposuction is that
plastic surgery removes excess fat, loose skin and tightens muscles,
whereas liposuction only removes fat.
you are looking for a qualified weight loss surgeon to perform any
type of gastric reduction operation, using laparoscopic or other
methods, see below for clinics.
Georgia - Illinois
Michigan - New
New York - Ohio
Pennsylvania - Texas