Surgical weight loss: It’s getting bigger

John Liverstone

Some things are never going to change in life, and one of these is that the weight loss industry is always going to capture attention. After all, body image is something that’s being thrust in front of us from multiple media angles, and this means that anything related to improving this issue is always going to go down a storm.

One area of the industry which has evolved over the last few years is surgical weight loss. Up until recently, calorie counting and other tried and tested approaches may have been the limit – but things have changed.

Sure, you have to be careful, and ensure your surgeon of choice has surgical indemnity from Incision Indemnity or another provider. However, the options are endless, and through today’s page we will mull over some of the most common ones.

Gastric bypass

Let’s start with one of the most renowned form of treatments that this area has to offer.

The gastric bypass has been around for a number of years, and the fact it has survived the test of time means that it tends to be a really successful technique.

So, how does it work? Well, in a normal body, the whole of your stomach will receive food. When you undergo this surgery, a pouch is created at the top of your stomach. This then becomes the only area of your stomach which can receive food – meaning that you can’t comfortably consume great portions.

On the downside, food will now “miss out” the small intestine, meaning that your body will lose nutrients as well as the obvious calories.

Sleeve gastrectomy

In some ways, the sleeve gastrectomy is very similar. After all, this is also based on the premise of making the stomach smaller so it has less capacity to hold food.

However, in contrast to the previous option, this involves part of the stomach being removed from the body. Then, the remaining part is reformed into something that resembles a tube.

This is a more advanced procedure and your small intestine will still absorb the nutrients and calories you have consumed.

The gastric band

This final procedure is another that you have probably heard of. Again, it has been available for some time, for the simple reason that it can prove to be really successful.

This time, an inflatable balloon is involved. This balloon is inserted into your body and wrapped around the top part of your stomach. The upshot of this is that there is a small space above the band, with an even smaller opening then based beneath this to the other section of the stomach.

The intelligence of this solution is that the size of the balloon can be controlled fairly easily. It’s possible to insert or remove fluid from the band, meaning that a surgeon can really control how much weight you need to lose. Suffice to say, the larger the band, the more food which is restricted – and vice versa.

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired three decades ago at the age of 38 and began traveling the world. As recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel, they have been interviewed about retirement issues by The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, The Motley Fool Rule Your Retirement newsletter, nationally syndicated radio talk shows and countless newspapers and TV shows nationally and worldwide. They wrote the popular books The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement (Your Simple Path to FIRE) and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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