Is Bariatric Surgery An Easy Solution for Weight Loss?
Simply saying, No. According to the American Society For Bariatric Surgery, gastric reduction surgery is not an easy option for people suffering from obesity. It is a drastic step, and carries the usual pain and risks of any major gastrointestinal surgical operation.
Does Bariatric Surgery Typically Lead to Major Weight Loss?
Yes and No. Some patients who undergo bariatric gastrointestinal surgery lose more than 100 pounds in weight - some lose as much as 200 pounds weight. Typically, patients who undergo adjustable gastric banding procedures, such as Lap-Band (laparoscopic adjustable gastric band) lose less weight than those who have gastric bypass like Biliopancreatic Diversion (BPD) or Duodenal Switch (BPD-DS). Some patients reach a normal weight, while others remain overweight, although less overweight than before. However, in order to maintain this type of weight reduction, patients must follow carefully the post-operative guidelines relating to diet and exercise. Better ask your surgeon about this!!!