Thursday, October 29, 2020

Weight Loss Surgery: do you really need it?


If you are overweight, you may be considering surgery as a means of getting back down to a healthy weight. You may know friends or coworkers who have had the surgery, and you may have been amazed at the results.

Before you enter that line of thought, however, there are some things that you need to know to determine whether weight loss surgery is the right answer for you.

woman preparing for surgery

Why Weight Loss Surgery is Becoming So Popular

Surgery is becoming so popular these days because people have many misconceptions regarding the results. People think of it as the easiest way possible to lose weight – and it isn’t.

Because of the obesity epidemic that we are experiencing, and the health problems that are associated with obesity, many health insurance companies are now covering the cost of surgery, although most insurance companies have certain requirements for eligibility in order for coverage.

Different Types of Surgery

There are essentially two different types of surgery. The most widely used is Gastric Bypass Surgery. The second type is Lap Band Surgery, where a band is actually applied to the upper part of the stomach to reduce the amount of food that you can get through to the stomach at any given time.

While Lap Band surgery is the least risky of the surgery choices, gastric bypass surgery seems to be the most effective choice, although it is the most expensive and the most invasive.

Are You a Candidate?

The first thing that you have to understand about any type of surgery for weight loss is that it still requires lifestyle changes on your part. It is not a miracle cure. You still have to learn to eat right and you have to start exercising. Many doctors won’t even perform the surgery if they do not believe that you will not make these changes.

In addition to this, you must also meet certain conditions. You must have a body mass index, or BMI of 40 or higher. You may also be eligible if you have a BMI of at least 35 as well as a health problem that is caused by being overweight, such as high blood pressure or even diabetes.

In most cases, you will be required to participate in counseling before surgery. You may also be required to take some nutrition classes.  You will definitely be meeting with your private physician and the surgeon prior to being considered for the surgery, but you will also have to meet with a dietitian and a psychologist. These professionals together decide whether you are a viable candidate for the surgery.

5 Facts About Surgery

1. Risks and Complications

Like any other surgery, it creates risk and complication factors. While operating, it can cause internal bleeding and abdominal hernia. According to cosmetic surgery consultants, there is a 1% chance to develop blood clotting in legs after the operation. In some cases, abdominal hernia develops due to throwing up after operation. But fatality chances are very slim.

2. Increase of Fertility in Women

This is a fact for those women who are facing a problem to conceive due to overweight. Women who undergo surgery can get pregnant more easily. But it has some restrictions too. One should wait for a year and half before having child otherwise it can have an effect on the baby. After surgery, the body goes through many changes and the body’s nutrition needs are disrupted. This can harm a new born baby’s health. Normally, women who have undergone surgery are advised to give birth through Caesarian operation.

surgeon and patient

3. Malnutrition

People who undergo surgery can face deficiency of vitamins and minerals. It is because our body’s digestive capacity gets limited in surgery. Such surgeries are known to reduce the ability of the body to absorb any kind of nutrients. It can however be controlled by taking supplements. One can consult a nutritionist and can get a proper guidance for taking supplements and all necessary minerals and vitamins. A regular consultation with the doctor and a proportionate diet is required for remaining healthy after a surgery.

4. Excessive Hair Loss

Surgery results in excessive hair loss, although it can vary from person to person. Some bariatric (weight loss) patients opts out from undergoing the surgery because of the fear of losing hair. Therefore, one has to take proper care of all kind of nutrition and a regular consulting would definitely help.

5. Gallstone

Lowered calorie intake and losing weight rapidly can cause gallstones. Furthermore, one out of three patients has a chance to develop gallstone. Hence, it’s suggested that you talk to your doctor about the chances to develop gallstones after surgery.


Obesity brings complications not only for physical health but mental health and social appearance as well. When you find those extra kilos to reduce difficult, and you have already put efforts from head to toe and tried everything from diet charts, exercises to pills and various weight loss programs, then the only option which remains is surgery. Surgery is an extreme measure to shed extra fat out of the body. It is meant for those people who have a slim chance to reduce weight by other procedures.

Gloria Brown
Women's health and wellness retreat leader providing vacations and trips for women to get in shape -- and stay that way! On you can find my articles about weight loss, health and women's issues. Please feel free to contact me on

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