Gastric Bypass Surgery
If you are seriously overweight or obese you have most likely considered undergoing gastric bypass surgery to help you manage your weight and health. Although there are other options besides gastric bypass surgery to help you in this endeavor, this procedure appears to be frighteningly popular. Ever since celebrities such as Carney Wilson have undergone the procedure, more and more people have turned on to the idea of having gastric bypass surgery.
Gastric bypass surgery is incredibly risky and permanently alters your body. The stomach is rerouted to the intestinal system and the rest of your stomach is stapled off but remains inside you. Gastric bypass surgery reduces the amount of food the patient can take in. The food a patient takes in does not have the same opportunity to be absorbed into the system as it once did. Because of this, one of the risks associated with gastric bypass surgery is malnutrition so anyone who has undergone this procedure must keep a good eye on the quality of food they are consuming.
As I said before, gastric bypass surgery is incredibly risky and people die from complications associated with the surgery. You must ask yourself if you are willing to put your life in danger in order to lose weight. Many people who have lived with obesity for the majority of their life may consider it an acceptable risk. Please have lengthy and detailed discussions with your doctors and loved ones before seriously committing to this procedure.
Gastric bypass surgery can be very expensive with costs running into the tens of thousands of dollars. Most patients will not be able to cover this surgery with their health insurance. If you would be putting yourself in debt to undergo gastric bypass surgery, you may find that the collateral damage of this choice is not worth the benefits of the weight loss.
If you are adamant about getting a medical procedure to help you manage your weight, please consider the less risky option of the lap band surgery. Unlike gastric bypass, this procedure is completely reversible. The small band that is placed around the upper portion of your stomach can be loosened, tightened or removed completely. It is much less risky of a procedure and can be more affordable for many people. The most important thing to do before committing to any medical procedure to help you manage your weight is to exhaust all other means of weight loss including a serious commitment to healthy eating habits and regular exercise.