Gastric Bypass

These days, more people are opting for surgery to improve looks and lifestyle. They may have a nose job or a nip and tuck of a more private nature. Recently, gastric bypass surgery has come into the public eye with celebrities coming forward and talking openly about their problems with morbid obesity.

Not anyone will qualify for a gastric bypass. You need to have at least a body mass index of 40 or more, or be severely disabled by your weight. You must have been obese for the last 5 years or more, over 18 years old and less than 65. As with any surgery, gastric bypass isn’t without risk. Infections, stomach leakages and even blood clots can result. Since the weight after surgery tends to drop quickly, there is a chance of developing gallstones.

Most people who get a gastric bypass can go back to day-to-day living in about 4 weeks. Most will start losing weight right away and continue for up to 12 months or more. Unfortunately, with this procedure, the part of the intestines that readily absorbs vitamins and minerals is removed. Since, iron and vitamin B12 deficiency may occur, a special diet and supplements is helpful.

Critics of this course of action cite that the patient never deals with any emotional reasons for eating. Nevertheless, for people who have run out of alternative ways and treatments for weight loss, gastric bypass can be a life-saving blessing. Coupled with an understanding of what triggers overeating, a person can be back living a healthy lifestyle is less time than most programs would take.

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