Losing weight is something that is first and foremost on the minds of many different people. Considering the amount of people who are now overweight or obese, this is no surprise. Because of this growing medical problem, scientists have been developing new tools and techniques to medically assist people to lose weight. Three of those options are the lap band, the gastric bypass, and the ReShape gastric balloon.
About the Lap Band
The lap band is a semi-permanent surgical solution that encourages weight loss and can be adjusted to suit changing needs. It is suitable for people with a BMI of at least 40, although some may be considered if theirs is 35 and they also have a comorbidity disorder. One of the reasons why the band is popular is because it can be loosened or tightened as required. A woman hoping to conceive, for instance, may want the band loosened so that she can safely carry a pregnancy.
The procedure is quite straightforward and generally performed laparoscopically. A number of small incisions are made so that the band can be fitted around the stomach. This restricts the amount of food it can hold and makes people feel fuller quicker and for longer. While effective, the procedure is not without risk. The band can slip, for instance, or it can deteriorate over time.
The lap band encourages gradual, slow weight loss. For it to be successful, you must stick to a strict diet and make real lifestyle changes.
The Gastric Bypass
The next option is the gastric bypass, which is possibly the best known procedure. It is also a very complex procedure, however. Generally speaking, it is only recommended for those with a BMI of at least 40, and who can demonstrate conventional weight loss methods have been unsuccessful. The procedure has been particularly successful in addressing comorbidity disorders.
The procedure means that the stomach is stapled, creating a smaller ‘pouch’ instead of the stomach. This leaves less room for food to be ingested. Furthermore, most of the upper intestine is bypassed by reattaching the small bowel to the new pouch.
Having a gastric bypass is a change for life. Your intestines will no longer process nutrients in the same way. This means you will have to follow strict dietary advice and you will also have to take supplements forever. If you eat the wrong things, you may experience dumping syndrome, low sugar, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea.
The ReShape gastric balloon is a relatively new procedure that has had proven results. People have to meet specific requirements in order to be considered:
- Their BMI must be between 30 and 40 and they must have a comorbidity disorder.
- They may not have had previous weight loss surgery.
- They must be ready to make permanent lifestyle changes.
If you meet those criteria, you will be an ideal candidate for the procedure and you will have the power to change your health and life. You will, however, have to go through a full evaluation to ensure you are a good candidate.