Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery - Medical Negligence Solicitors Claims


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Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery is also called bariatric surgery and it involves doing one of several procedures that inhibits eating so the individual loses weight. Some surgeries also make changes to the digestive tract so that there is less absorption of food. These are used when diet and exercise haven't worked to lose weight or when you have serious problems related to being overweight.

There are many types of weight loss surgery, which are collectively known as bariatric surgery. The most common type of weight loss surgery is the gastric bypass. Many surgeons prefer this type of surgery because of it has fewer complications than other weight loss surgeries. All weight loss surgeries have risks and complications so it is big decision to go ahead and have the surgery done.

When you make the decision to have the procedure, you have to decide which procedure you would like to have. It depends on your health and on your surgeon's preference in what procedure you have. You should find out what procedure is covered under your insurance plan.

There are two basic types of weight loss surgery. These are restrictive surgeries and malabsorptive surgeries. Restrictive surgeries limit the amount of food you can hold. Before surgery, your stomach can hold about 3 pints of food. After surgery, your stomach can hold as little as an ounce but stretch to hold about 2-3 ounces. In malabsorptive/restrictive surgery, the stomach size is restricted and a portion of the absorptive part of the gastrointestinal tract is removed so you can't absorb what you eat.

Is weight loss surgery right for you? You need to talk to the surgeon about what surgery to have and what surgery you are best suited for. It is really a difficult decision to make. For example, you can have adjustable gastric banding, which is perhaps the least invasive weight loss surgery. It involves using an inflatable band to squeeze the stomach into smaller pouch and a larger lower area. The channel is so narrow that it appears as though the stomach is too small. The slowing down of the upper part is greater so you can only eat a half to one cup of food per meal and it takes a while before you can eat again. Food needs to be well chewed or soft when swallowed.

There are at least two kinds of adjustable gastric bands. They include REALIZE and the LAP-BAND. The advantage of the gastric banding is that it is easier to perform and safer than gastric banding. They can be done with a laparoscope and are minimally invasive. The recovery time is faster than with gastric bypass surgeries. The procedure can be simply reversed by removing the band. In addition, the band can be tightened and loosened in the doctor's office because it is connected to an opening just beneath the skin. On the negative side, people have a less dramatic loss of weight with this procedure and can gain the weight over the years.

The risks of the surgery are vomiting as a result of eating too much too fast as well as having the band slip out of place or can leak, necessitating further surgery. There is a risk of infection and some complications can be life-threatening.

In the gastric sleeve surgery, the weight loss is due to restrictive reasons. Through the laparoscope, the surgeon removes about 75 percent of the stomach. The rest is a sleeve or narrow tube that connects to the duodenum. It can be the first step in series of weight loss surgeries after which a biliopancreatic diversion is done. It can be the only surgical procedure you need. For those who are very sick or obese, who can lose some weight and then go on to a major procedure after that, the gastric sleeve procedure is a good and safe procedure. An advantage is that the intestines are unaffected so nutritional deficiencies are uncommon.

The main disadvantage is that it is irreversible and it carries the risk of infection, leakage of the sleeve and blood clots in the legs after surgery.

The gastric bypass surgery is both a bypass surgery and a malabsorptive surgery. It shrinks the size of the stomach to be a small pouch and then connects the pouch to the lower intestines so the upper intestines cannot absorb anything. The advantage is that it is swift and dramatic with half of it happening within 6 months. It can last for another two years. On the other hand, it puts you at risk for nutritional deficiencies. You can get dumping syndrome, in which food dumps into the intestines too quickly.

The risks of these surgeries are higher because it is a more complicated procedure. The risk of these procedures is about 1 percent, making it more dangerous than gastric banding. Infections and blood clots are typical side effects that can be more dangerous.

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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here