Weight Loss Surgery - Is Surgery For Losing Weight Worth It?

If you have been dieting for a long time that you feel like you are on some kind of eternal weight loss program, for sure you have been considering on or thinking about having a weight loss surgery done. Weight loss surgery is not a new way towards losing weight for it has been around for sometime now. Most of the time, weight loss surgery is recommended to people who have been dieting or going on a weight loss program for so long unsuccessfully, or those people who are overweight or morbidly obese that they can no longer do much with and by themselves (think of Gilbert Grape's mother), as well as heavily endorsed to people who are overweight and at the same time have health problems such as hypertension, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. In short, weight loss surgery is both a palliative (it eases any individual from suffering his weight problem) as well as management (it serves to prevent and control the hypertension from developing into something worse) and last resort.

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There are a lot of weight loss surgery procedures being done, namely:

1. Vertical Banded Gastroplasty (VBG)

2. Biliopancreatic Diversion

3. Extended (Distal) Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

4. Biliopancreatic Diversion with "Doudenal Switch"

5. Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y

6. Gastric Banding

7. Laparoscopic Procedures

These weight loss surgery procedures all do one of the two things:

a. Be a restrictive procedure designed to decrease food intake such as VBG and Biliopancreatic Diversion or

b. Make the food be incompletely digested, thus make it be poorly absorbed such that the body has no other choice but to directly excrete it as is the goal of gastric Bypass and Biliopancreatic Diversion with "Doudenal Switch".

As with any kind of surgery, these procedures are not without risks. They always have risks such as bleeding and developing complications while the procedure is being done or after it is done. However, these risks can be controlled by the doctors or surgeons, so trust in them that they will do the right thing. Another thing to consider is the cost. Of course, since it is surgery, you have to pay for a lot of stuff such as the medical bills, the doctors' fees and etcetera. There is a silver lining to this though, since there are insurance companies who will cover this type of surgical procedure (as long as you give them the right reasons) and there are doctors who give discounts, too.

More and more people have come to consider having this done while a lot more have had this done with the well known individuals such as Star Jones and Randy Jackson. As you can see, the surgical procedures really did their work well (just imagine how these two individuals used to look before they had the surgeries), thus, you can really think that having the procedure done is more than worth your money. Before going for any one of these procedures though, prepared yourself for a new you since the results can often be drastic. Be prepared, so you won't get shocked by the results.

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