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Bariatric surgery originated in the 1950s, though research and development has offered increasingly better options for patients. These include new procedures which employ laparoscopic techniques and are less invasive than traditional bariatric surgery. Any surgery option targeted at weight loss or treatment of illnesses related to obesity should be discussed fully with your surgeon as each of the different types of procedures available carry their own risks and potential benefits.
The term bariatric refers to any medical treatment that is aimed at treating obesity and any potentially related illnesses; in this case the treatment is surgical in nature.
There are three main categories of bariatric surgery procedures:
Adjustable Lap Band
Due to its life-changing nature, making the decision to have surgery is only the first step; preparing is an intensive process. The surgery alters the amount of food you can eat and/or the amount that will be absorbed such that life long dietary changes must be implemented following surgery. As a result of the way this impacts your quality of life, your pre-surgery plan will include the following:
In making your choice it will be important to consider what is required of you before and after surgery. The decision to undergo bariatric surgery should not be entered into lightly. Again, this is a life-altering procedure in many ways, and the more informed you are about the process, the better you will be to manage your expectations and outcomes after surgery. Whichever procedure you choose, and is right for you, can be tailored to meet your own needs and expectations, and should be discussed in detail with your surgeon.
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