Medical Weight Loss

For those who want to achieve fast results when it comes to shedding extra pounds, medical weight loss surgeries are an option. Even though not exactly recommended due to the dangers they pose, these techniques can also be effective given that they are chosen and done properly by a professional. There are basically two types of medical weight loss surgeries namely the restrictive and malabsorptive operations.

The first type focuses on physically limiting the size of the stomach and slowing down the digestion process. A normal stomach can accommodate a maximum of three pints of food but after restrictive surgery it may only hold about two or three ounces. The smaller the food storage, the less food a person eats and the more weight is lost. Malabsorptive operations, on the other hand, are considered to be more invasive compared to the first because it directly affects how the body takes and process food.

Besides from minimizing the size of the stomach, this type of surgery totally remove parts of the digestive tract to limit the body’s absorption of calories. However, due to the many side effects and dangers it may cause, malabsorptive operations are already banned as a weight loss surgery technique.

One of the most recommended medical weight loss procedures is gastric banding. Adjustable gastric banding is known to be the least dangerous among weight loss surgeries. In this type, an inflatable band is placed in the stomach to squeeze it in two sections namely the small upper pouch and the large lower pouch. The channel between these two pouches is very small but they are still connected so that the emptying of the upper part to the lower pouch is slowed down.

Gastric banding basically works to limit the amount of food that a person can consume in a meal. An average of half a cup of food is the maximum of those who have this in a usual meal. Two other advantages of this technique are that it is simple to do and only requires minimal surgeries. Moreover, recovery from it is fast and changing the size of the band is also easy because it is just placed in a small opening underneath the skin of the abdomen. In adjusting its size, the doctor just needs to put more saline solution on it for it to constrict while loosening it simply involves removing the liquid with the use of a needle.

The disadvantage of this medical weight loss technique, on the other hand, is that people who have it usually lose weight at a slower rate and at a longer duration compared to those who had undergone more invasive operations. Another known disadvantage is that people with gastric banding are likely to gain weight after some years. As for the risks, the popular side effect of this weight loss technique is vomiting which is due to the tendency of the individual of eating too much at a quick time.

When it comes to the actual band used, there are no known complications about it except for the occasional slipping, loosening, and leaking. There are some situations when more surgery is needed so having infections is also a threat. Generally though, compared to other procedures, gastric banding is probably one that has the least number of possible complications.

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