Weight loss surgery can achieve impressive results in terms of the amount of weight lost, but it should not be seen as a magic cure for obesity. People who are considering or who have had weight loss surgery need to stick to a rigorous and normally lifelong plan following treatment to avoid putting weight back on and avoid long-term complications.
Intragastric Balloon Therapy is a newer kind of weight-loss procedure. A saline-filled silicone balloon is placed in your stomach, which helps you lose weight by limiting how much you can eat. It also makes you feel fuller faster. Read more here.
Gastric Bypass Surgery is a bariatric surgical procedure used to re-route your digestive system past most of your stomach meaning you digest less food and feel fuller, quicker. Gastric bypass uses special surgical staplers to create a small pouch at the top of your stomach. This pouch is then connected directly to a section of your small intestine, bypassing the rest of the stomach and small bowel. Read more here.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy is one of the treatments used to lose weight that is included in the category of bariatric surgery. During a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, the surgeon removes up to 90% of the stomach, reducing its size and capacity to enhance weight loss. Read more here.
‘Why Weight Loss Surgery Works When Diets Don’t’, is a great article from the New York Times. Read more here:
Other treatment options might include:
Liposuction, also known as liposculpture or suction assisted lipectomy, is a type of cosmetic procedure to remove unwanted body fat from areas of the body such as the tummy, buttocks, hips, and thighs which is commonly used to improve appearance rather than to treat health conditions. This procedure permanently removes fat cells but may not last if you put on weight again. Read more here.
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty is a cosmetic procedure used to make the abdomen smaller and firmer. It requires the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. This is commonly sought by patients after pregnancy or heavy weight loss which has left them with sagging tissue. Read more here.