As much as we want to believe that everyone can lose weight with just proper diet and exercise, we know that there are some cases where medical intervention is a matter of life and death. This is the case for hundreds of individuals in the United States alone who have eaten themselves into what looks largely like an impossible situation. We’re talking about 400 to 500 pound individuals who feel like they have no hope left and the only thing remaining to do is wait for death. Truly, weight loss surgeries have done a world of good and have saved hundreds of lives.
Who Should Consider Weight Loss Surgeries?
Just because you’re a couple of pounds overweight doesn’t mean that you should go running to the doctor for a gastric bypass. Not only will they immediately turn you away, they’ll also tell you that your problem can be solved with a proper diet and exercise.
However, if you are 200 pounds overweight or more, are at a point where your legs can barely carry your weight for more than a few steps, or have little to no options left, then weight loss surgeries are certainly something you should look into. For many people who have gotten this far overweight, doctors will almost always recommend drastic procedures because time is of the essence.
Why Should I Consider Weight Loss Surgery?
There are tons of benefits to weight loss surgery, the most obvious being the dramatic weight loss that you’ll experience. Apart from that though, weight loss surgeries have shown an improvement or completely reversal of diabetes in some patients. Some patients are also cured of their sleep apnea, hypertension and at least a dozen other conditions depending on the weight loss surgery that they’ve opted for or have been recommended to undergo.
The weight loss surgery that shows the best results when it comes to health reversals appears to be the Duodenal Switch. A close second would be a tie between the Gastric Sleeves and Bypass.
What Qualifies You for Weight Loss Surgery?
At the end of the day, the only way you can get weight loss surgery is to be declared eligible by a doctor that specializes in these surgeries. Generally speaking, most doctors will ask you to lose a certain number of pounds first before going into surgery.
Why? Well, your ability to drop 50 pounds over the course of the month is actually not that farfetched if you’re morbidly obese. Some restrictions in food alone and movement will help you drop weight quickly.
More importantly, however, your ability to drop the weight on the onset (or prior to surgery) shows that you have the drive to really stick to a program after the surgery takes place. The minimum BMI to be eligible for weight loss surgery, on the other hand, is 30.
It’s important to remember that just because you have the surgery doesn’t mean you’re going to hit your goal weight. Although it will definitely help, you will definitely need to be able to stick to a diet and work out plan for lasting change and maintainable weight loss to take place. If you have the surgery and go right back to your previous life style after, you’ll almost certainly go back to your original weight and you may even cause yourself devastating harm.
How Much Weight Should You Expect to Lose?
Amazingly, weight loss surgeries have incredible results as long as the patient sticks to the post-surgery diet plan prescribed by the doctor. Post operation results show that the expected weight loss after surgery can range from 25 to 90 percent of an individual’s excess weight. The results largely depend on what kind of procedure is being done on the patient.
As a general rule of thumb, the most weight loss has been seen in Gastric Sleeve patients at 70 percent excess weight lost. The lowest is vBloc Therapy, which sees an average of 25 percent of excess weight lost. Based on results, the second most effective surgery is the Duodenal Switch followed by the Gastric Bypass surgery. Most patients lose the weight rapidly after the procedure. The weight loss continues quickly up until 12 to 18 months after the procedure is completed.
What Can I Expect During Recovery?
Recovery times and post-operation care varies depending on the surgery, but generally speaking, most patients can expect to spend up to 3 days in the hospital for recovery and care purposes. As such, those who are undoing the surgery and are working full time jobs should plan for anywhere between 2 days to 2 weeks off of work depending on how taxing the surgery was on your body.
This number will, at the end of the day, come from the doctor of course. If you feel that you need to take more time off, then go for it. Full recovery from surgery comes between 3 days to 6 weeks after the surgery. When it comes to post-operative pain, you can expect the same kind of discomfort you would for any laparoscopic procedure. The only exception would be the balloon since this type of weight loss surgery doesn’t require any incisions to be made in the body.
Transitioning to a Better You
Just because your recovery time spans over 6 weeks, however, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be working to get back into the groove of things. During your recovery, you should be slowly transition back to your normal diet and activity. As your healing progresses and you start getting back to normal, you can begin to ramp up your activity and start getting serious about really losing weight.
When it comes to food, you should really stick to your doctor’s recommendations of the type of food to stay away from first. For example, it’s best to go for protein and healthy whole foods in the beginning. You should also test your food one at a time to make sure that you’re able to tolerate that kind of substance in your system. You should also avoid hard to digest food in the beginning of your recovery like nuts, fibrous vegetables and tough meat.