Thursday, April 10, 2014

Things You Did Not Know about Weight Loss Surgeries

A minute on the lips lasts a lifetime on the hips. Yes! We are talking about that junk food which most people cannot refrain from eating. Combined with sedentary lifestyle, these fatty foods make them put on weight. But, in order to look slim, stay fit and feel energetic, a number of people opt for weight loss surgeries instead of natural methods. No matter how effective these treatments are, complications may arise years after the procedure or even during the hospital stay. Also, these procedures do not guarantee permanent weight loss. So, take a look at the drawbacks attached to these flab-cutting treatments.

Upsets your day-to-day life
People need to follow a strict diet even after a weight loss surgery. Weight reduction does not mean that they can feel free to eat anything they like. And, that is why people tend to regain their lost weight. Besides this, most people lose their normal appetite after the surgery. They can only consume small amount of food at once. As per CSWD (Council for Size and Weight Discrimination), "Some patients complain of severe diarrhoea and unbearable headaches. Foul smell in urine is yet another frequent complaint. People also become victims of nutrition deficiency and body iron imbalance. All these complications happen because of the loss of nutrients along with the lost weight."

Causes infection
There is a high chance that post-surgery, the operated area might get infected. You can also develop hernia where the incision was made. The hole made in the stomach can also spread infection to the rest of the body. Bleeding of intestines is another possibility. Many people also develop gallstones and stomach inflation. These complications add to the already expensive bill of the surgery.

Bone related disorders
Metabolic bone diseases such as osteopenia and secondary hyperparathyroidism can be triggered by weight loss surgery. As these surgeries reduce the absorption of calcium in the body, bone marrow complications may also happen. Decrease in bone mass is yet another possibility. Micronutrient deficiencies like iron, vitamin B12, fat-soluble vitamins, thiamine and folic acid are especially common after such procedures.

Caution for soon-to-be married couples
Many people go for a weight loss surgery right before their marriage to look slim on their D-day. So, if you are also planning to opt for it, you need to consider a few things. Firstly, take your partner's consent before going for it. Secondly, avoid sex for at least a few weeks after the surgery. You might also face some health issues, if you conceive immediately after this procedure.

Expert opinion
According to the world’s leading weight loss surgery expert, Paul Ernsberger, “There is a honeymoon period (post-surgery) for about the first 12 to 18 months, during which things look pretty good. You're losing weight rapidly. Then you start to regain. Even patients who keep the weight off frequently have lifelong digestive problems and don't absorb enough vitamins and minerals from their diet. Weight-loss surgery is too risky to do purely for cosmetic results, which is the motivating factor for some patients. Are we interested in people's health, or are we interested in their weight? Surgery can help with obesity-related health problems, but so can pills."

So if you want to shed those extra kilos, it is best to hit the gym or exercise at home. Opting for weight loss surgery as a cosmetic treatment is an absolute no-no.

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