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Losing weight can be a difficult process; however, it is immensely crucial for a person to enjoy good health and reduce the risk of developing severe diseases. In the case of obesity, making significant changes to weight could take years; therefore, bariatric surgeries such as gastric bypass and others have become popular. This, in tandem with exercise and a balanced diet, will allow a person to reach their weight goals and maintain them with ease. In this blog, two surgical procedures that avail the best results will be explored.

Gastric sleeve surgery

In this procedure, a section of the stomach is surgically removed. The remaining portions are then joined together to form a smaller one that resembles a banana or a sleeve. As the size is about one-tenth of the original one, a person will feel full quicker and unable to eat as much as they used to, which helps them lose weight. It is further influenced by the fact that the part removed is responsible for producing a hormone that boosts appetite. 

Doctors recommend gastric sleeve surgery for those who have a BMI of 40 or above. At this number, they are over a hundred pounds above the average weight. The procedure typically only takes an hour to be performed. Within two years, a person can lose more than 60% of their excess weight. 

Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the results are more sustainable, and the risk of gaining weight again is low. This surgery is also recommended for those who may be too heavy for other bariatric surgeries. It has to be noted that as people will not consume much food, they could suffer from nutritional deficiencies. Therefore, doctors would prescribe multivitamins that need to be consumed daily for the rest of their life. 

Gastric bypass surgery

It is the most commonly used bariatric surgery and is usually done when diet and exercise fail to yield results. In this procedure, surgeons would divide the stomach into two components; a smaller one at the top and then a bigger one at the bottom. They will then directly connect the upper pouch to the small intestine, which causes food to bypass the standard mechanism and be processed quickly. As the section is tiny, a person will feel full more rapidly and not consume much food, leading to weight loss. 

The procedure is usually advised for those whose BMI is above 40. Suppose a person is between 35 to 40 but has a severe weight-related problem such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes. In that case, a doctor may recommend this surgery. 

The surgery can provide a person with a long-term weight loss solution; however, the amount lost and its sustainability will depend on a person’s lifestyle. If they regularly exercise and eat a healthy balanced diet, they can lose 70% or more of their excess weight. They will also not be at risk of rapid weight gain. But going back to old habits could result in a yo-yo effect. 

Both the above procedures can be quickly done by an experienced surgeon at an aesthetics clinic. However, as with all bariatric surgeries, a person will have to undergo extensive screening to see if they qualify for them because they are meant primarily for those who are seriously obese.

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