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Surgical Weight Loss Procedures | Your Health & Fitness


Losing Weight


The Last Resort


If fi ghting excessive fl ab through a healthy diet and exercise regimes proves unsuccessful, surgical weight loss procedures could be an option for the seriously obese.


loss, this is a myth. Bariatric surgery means changing the way you eat for the rest of your life, in addition to facing the risks associated with surgery. As such, making changes to your diet and increasing your level of physical activity should always be considered as a fi rst option. In fact, according to the NHS, surgical weight loss procedures should only be considered as a last resort.


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If you’re considering weight loss surgery, it is important to understand the facts:  Not everyone is eligible to receive


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lthough you might think that bariatric surgery (surgical weight loss) is a shortcut to swift weight


bariatric surgery on the NHS.  Following surgery, you will never be able to eat in the same way again without running the risk of serious illness.  After your operation it is essential that you follow a controlled diet and exercise regularly.  In order to prove you can stick to a carefully controlled diet after you undergo weight loss surgery, you have to follow a strict diet before you undergo any operation.


Types of Weight Loss Surgery


Gastric banding and a gastric bypass are the two main types of weight loss surgery, and both are designed to be permanent. The gastric banding procedure involves fi tting a band


around the top of the stomach in order to cause fullness after eating a very small amount of food. This also means that food has to be eaten very slowly. In a gastric bypass operation a smaller stomach is made, which causes a feeling of fullness after the consumption of a small amount of food, which results in the body absorbing fewer calories.


Is Bariatric Surgery Right for Me?


If you’re considering any


surgical weight loss


procedures, make an appointment with


your GP to learn more about the options available. Your GP will also be able to give you an assessment of whether or not weight loss surgery is the healthiest choice for you. On the NHS, only patients with a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or above, or patients with a BMI of 30-40 and


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