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Obesity affects physical appearance and increases the risk of life-threatening weight problems, including heart disease and stroke. This post examines obesity surgery. You will learn what it is and how the procedure will aid weight loss.  

Who Can Have Obesity Surgery?

In general, obesity surgery types can help you lose weight. However, there are different risks associated with the surgery. Therefore, doctors will not consider you for bariatric surgery unless you meet the following requirements: 

  • Your body mass index is greater than 40 or more than 100 pounds overweight
  • The BMI is greater than 35, and you have an obesity-related disease
  • You have tried conventional weight loss strategies to no success
  • You agree to change the diet so that the surgery works and prevents complications

If you meet the above conditions, talk to a consultant to book you for the procedure. 

Obesity Surgery Treatment Duration

Obesity and bariatric surgery take approximately two hours. Surgeons perform the procedure laparoscopically, meaning the incisions are small. The patient remains in the hospital for an average of two days depending on overall health and how fast they recover from the incisions. 

However, the treatment duration also depends on the surgery type. For the gastric band, expect to stay at the hospital overnight, while for bypass surgery, you will remain at the hospital for at least three nights. 

Obesity Procedure Side Effects

Like other medical procedures, obesity surgery carries its risks and side effects. The common obesity surgery complications include:

  • Blood clots
  • Wound infection while healing 
  • Gastric band slipping out of place, causing heartburn, vomiting, and feeling sick
  • The gut leak may cause infections inside your tummy
  • Blocked gut because the small intestine becomes narrower following the procedure
  • Malnutrition since the procedure makes it harder for the gut to absorb vitamins and minerals
  • Gallstones within the first year or two after the procedure
  • Excess folds and rolls on the skin as you lose weight

Obesity surgery offers a safe alternative for weight loss. The obesity surgery mortality risk score is 0.4 to 2.0 percent. 

Talk to your doctor about the above side effects and obesity surgery complications. 

Weight Loss Surgery Recovery Time

While most patients are stable to go home in 3 to 4 days after obesity surgery in Turkey, full recovery could take 4 to 6 weeks. However, the patient must make long-term lifestyle changes to help faster healing. 

The recovery period takes longer when the surgery must be "open," meaning the surgeon makes a larger cut. 

Bariatric Surgery Success Rate

Obesity surgery provides long-term weight loss. The success rate is 95%, depending on the obesity surgery types and the patient's lifestyle after the procedure. 

To increase the chances of success, the patient should observe all guidelines provided by the doctors. Otherwise, not following the dietary and lifestyle recommendations will lower the chances of achieving desired obesity surgery results. 

Obesity Procedure Alternative Treatments

The weight loss alternatives for obesity include:

  • Intragastric balloons
  • Gastric remodeling
  • Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty
  • Aspiration therapy

How Is The Procedure Performed?

There are different obesity surgery types, and how each one is done differs from the others. Here is an overview of the obesity surgery types: 

Gastric Bypass: the surgeon cuts the small intestine and sews part of it directly onto the pouch. Food will bypass most of your stomach and go into the small pocket. 

Sleeve Gastrectomy: The surgeon removes about 80% of your stomach and leaves a long tube-like pouch. Therefore, the small intestine cannot hold as much food. 

Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch: A two-part surgery where the first step involves performing a procedure similar to the sleeve gastrectomy. 

What Does Obesity Surgery Involve?

Doctors administer general anesthesia when you arrive at the hospital for your bariatric surgery. So, you are unconscious during the procedure. 

The particular approach depends on the patient's situation. Some weight loss surgeries feature the traditional large or open incisions in your abdomen. 

Doctors perform bariatric surgery laparoscopically. The doctors make an incision and insert a laparoscope in the abdomen. Using the tiny camera on the tip of the laparoscope, the doctor sees inside the abdomen and can do the operation. 

While laparoscopic surgery provides faster recovery, it might not suit everyone. 

The procedure takes up to two hours, and the patient awakens in the recovery room, where the medical staff monitor for any complications. 

What Should I Expect After Obesity Surgery

Following the obesity surgery, some benefits begin to show right away. For instance, your diabetes, blood pressure, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, and arthritis might improve dramatically. 

After morbid obesity surgery, expect the following lifestyle changes. 

  • You will eat small meals more often
  • Commit to good nutrition as advised by the dietitian
  • Exercise regularly to stay in shape
  • Avoid strenuous activities three to six weeks after the surgery
  • You may feel weak and tire easily after the surgery

For the first few weeks after the surgery, most patients like to have someone at home to provide moral and physical support. Showering is safe, but do not let the stitches submerge in water until you have healed completely. 

FAQs

Can surgery overcome obesity?

Yes! Bariatric procedures treat obesity by changing the stomach and intestine so that a person feels full with less food.

Which surgery is best for fat loss?

Obesity and bariatric surgery provide fast and effective fat loss by limiting your body's food intake. Over time, the body absorbs the extra fats resulting in a quicker and less strenuous weight loss. 

What are the side effects of obesity surgery?

The common obesity surgery complications and side effects include: 

  • Dilation of esophagus
  • Chronic nausea and vomiting 
  • Infection 
  • Acid reflux
  • Anesthesia-related risks
  • Weight gain or failure to lose weight
  • Stomach obstruction / blockage
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    I have been dreaming about having this surgery for a long time and after a lot of research, my health consultant from flymedi helped me find the best clinic and helped me arrange everything. She even kept in touch and checked on me after I came back to my country. I fully recommend flymedi and Wellborn Clinic to everyone without any doubt.
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    This hospital the nurse's surgeon and all the staff are amazing I have nothing but praise for the fantastic care I received before and after my operation it was a home from home everyone spoke English it was spotless clean if I had a question or neaded anything all I had to do was ask . The room I stayed in at the hospital was very comfortable had everything I needed. Ìf you are going to get bariatric surgery I highly recommend this place it was better than any hospital in Ireland or England.
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