Severe Morbid Obesity

A friend of mine was suffering from morbid obesity. She had tried dieting, but nothing she did worked. The weight would all come back. One day she told me she was going to have weight loss surgery.

There are multiple reasons why those with morbid obesity want to lose weight besides skin deep beauty. Shedding those pounds will lower your blood pressure, help normalize your cholesterol levels, alleviate type 2 diabetic issues, and improve your cardiovascular condition.

If you are overweight and want a quick and permanent way to take off the pounds, you actually have a few options. Weight loss surgery is growing in popularity because it can have more permanent effects then many fad diets. There are a few weight loss surgeries and options for you to choose from.

One option growing in popularity to help with morbid obesity is vertical sleeve Gastrectomy (commonly referred to as bariatric surgery). This operation goes by a few names, including: Greater Curvature Gastrectomy, Parietal Gastrectomy, Gastric Reduction and even Vertical Gastroplasty. Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy encourages weight loss by reducing the amount of food your stomach can hold by separating the stomach into two sections, or performing a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. One section continues to act as the stomach while the other part no longer has a function. There is no bypass of the intestines or malabsorption. Instead, during this weight loss surgery, they make the stomach pouch smaller by reducing it by up to 85%. Vertical sleeve Gastrectomy surgery is not reversible like the Lapband weight loss surgery.

The premise behind this form of weight loss surgery is simple, the less you eat, the fewer calories your body can absorb.

The surgery is a complicated solution to morbid obesity. They have to rearrange all your “plumbing” by rerouting your digestion system. They remove or cut off the portion of your stomach that creates hormones (Ghrelin) which make you hungry.

If you are looking at Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy as an option, be sure to familiarize yourself with both the positives and negatives, as well as potential complications. Many patients of this surgery find themselves with vitamin deficiencies and the complications that can arise from these.

Another option of weight loss surgery is Stomach Stapling. During this procedure they staple the stomach walls to create a smaller stomach pouch. Much like Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, it aims at helping you to consume less food as a means of weight loss.

With weight loss surgery as with any surgery, there are health risks. Make sure you talk to your doctor about different weight loss surgery options and evaluate both the positives and negatives before deciding what is right for you.

Remember, to keep the weight off, you will also need to change your lifestyle and eating habits. For more information on morbid obesity options, consult your doctor.

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