A Brief Guide to Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery

Being obese is a terrible condition. It affects almost every element of our lives, makes it impossible for us to enjoy simple things in our lives, take part in sports and other such activities, travel, buy clothes and more. Unsurprisingly, the weight loss industry is one of the largest industries in the world and people invest heavily in diets, fitness products and weight loss pills. Unfortunately, about 95% of these things simply do not work and some people, for all their best intentions, no amount of effort they put in will work. In this case, you may want to consider weight loss surgery.

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Choosing Weight Loss Surgery

Before you decide to opt for a laparoscopic gastric bypass, you have to take quite a few things into consideration. As a rule, before you choose to have any kind of surgery, you have to think about the pros and cons and be aware of the possible risks. Remember that this type of surgery is not a type of cosmetic surgery designed to make you look better. Rather, it is designed to make you healthier. They fact that you look better in the process is simply a welcome side effect.

There are pros and cons of this type of procedure and you have to be aware of both so that you can decide whether the procedure is right for you or not. One of the first things you will probably think about, particularly if your insurance won’t cover you, is cost. This type of procedure can cost between $20,000 and $50,000 to complete. You also usually have to fill in quite a bit of paperwork and go through extensive testing.

This testing is something that you have to be prepared for. Your physician will usually look into not just your physical ailments, but also your psychological situation. They want to make sure that you are ready for the changes you will be going through and the profound impact this can have on your life. Furthermore, you will be tested to see whether you are ready to make the lifestyle changes that will be needed as well.

What Is the Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass?

Basically, it is a very simple procedure that only takes about 45 minutes to complete. Your stomach will firstly be cut into two pouches, with the upper pouch being the smaller one. The bottom pouch, obviously, is larger. The small intestine is then reconnected to both the pouches, allowing for normal functionality.

You will have to make some significant lifestyle changes after the surgery. The biggest will be in your diet, because you will only be able to eat just a few ounces for each meal. Your stomach simply won’t be able to cope with any more. Additionally, you will have to start with fully liquid diets, slightly working your way back up to solids. It is very important that you follow your doctor’s advice to the letter if you want your procedure to be successful.

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