When To Consider Surgical Procedure As A Weight Loss Option

November 22, 2008 by  
Filed under Health Misc.

Legions of weight loss programs have scattered all over. Almost every corner of the world features testimonies of individuals who are successful in losing weight. Contrary to these claims, most people wanting to lose some pounds are in reality having the hardest time. Maybe even you have tried slimming pills, teas, and what not — yet you have not even lost a single pound. So you resort to the last possible option, which is going under the knife. However, this is not just for anyone. Before even thinking of going to a plastic surgeon, consider first if you truly need to undergo such an invasive procedure.


One of the conditions to determine if you need surgical procedure is obesity. To know if you are obese, the easiest nutritional status index to use is the BMI or the body mass index. Calculate it by dividing your weight in kilograms to your height in meters, but squaring first your height. The healthy BMI range is between 25 and 29.9. A BMI of greater than 30 is obese but those who really require surgery are individuals with BMI of 40. If your BMI is 30 to 35, you may consider a surgical procedure only if there is a health condition like cardiovascular diseases, which can worsen due to obesity.


Take note that BMI is not the only index used when assessing one’s nutritional condition. Fat distribution is another major factor to look at. This is determined by the waist circumference measure which is a good indicator of android obesity, a condition having more fat in the abdominal area than anywhere else in the body. For women, a waist circumference of higher than 35 inches and for males, a measure of higher than 40 inches may lead to risk of android obesity. Individuals suffering from this condition may require surgery for effective weight loss to avoid being at risk for obesity-related diseases.


Now that you know some of the conditions needing surgery, it is a must that you know the basic information regarding the surgical operations. The first type is gastric bypass, which requires fastening the stomach to make two pouches, a small and a large pouch. Usually, the larger pouch is obstructed to reroute the passage of food particles to the small pouch, hence the term bypass. The second type is the duodenal bypass in which the proximal section of the small intestine is shunted leading to a reduction in absorption of nutrients especially fats.


Surgical procedures are painful so it must not be taken lightly. Complications may arise and to prevent these, it is best to consult a physician for proper diagnosis.


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