For one reason or another, many people across the country struggle with weight and obesity issues. Once a person hits a certain weight, it can be challenging to fight this issue by simply eating healthy and exercise, so a lot of individuals turn to weight loss surgery options to help place them on a path to help manage their weight.
While there are a plethora of options when it comes to weight loss procedures, they generally fall into three different categories:
Restrictive Surgeries: This technique shrinks the size of a person’s stomach to slow down digestion. The smaller a person’s stomach is, the less they will eat; the less they eat, the more weight they lose.
Malabsorptive/Restrictive: This type of surgery changes how a person consumes their food. While this is rarely done because of the side affects, a doctor not only conducts surgery to make the stomach smaller, but also takes out a part of a person’s digestive tract so that it is difficult for the body to absorb calories.
Electrical Device Implanted: The newest of the categories, it interrupts nerve signals between the brain and stomach to prompt weight loss.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the obesity rate in the U.S. has reached a little over 42 percent as of 2017/18, marking the first time the figure has gone past 40 percent. Losing weight is not an easy task, and there are some who need a little jumpstart with weight loss to hep place them on a solid and healthy path. Below are 10 weight loss surgery options, as well as some things to consider when it comes to conducting these operations.
A tummy tuck is another surgery that falls into the “cosmetic procedure” umbrella, and this aims to enhance the appearance of a person’s stomach. Also referred to as abdominoplasty, excess fat and skin are taken from the abdomen, and connective tissues in the stomach (fascia) are tightened up with sutures, and the skin remaining is repositioned to create a look that is toned.
Oftentimes, a tummy tuck can be done in combination with a liposuction procedure, and many people do decide on both, as while liposuction helps to remove fat, a tummy tuck helps to eliminate both fat and excess skin. It’s important to note that not everyone is a candidate for this procedure, and a surgeon could nix the idea if you are:
Thinking about having another baby (pregnancy)
Plan to lose more weight
Have diabetes or a heart condition
Have had past abdominal surgery that resulted in significant scarring tissue