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When Diet and Exercise Alone is Not Enough to Combat Obesity

May 25, 2023

Obesity is a growing problem in the United States and around the world. It can lead to many health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and even certain types of cancer. For those who are obese, diet and exercise alone may not be enough to combat their condition. In these cases, weight loss surgery may be an option.

Weight loss surgery is a type of bariatric surgery that helps people who are morbidly obese lose weight. It works by physically reducing the size of the stomach and limiting the amount of food that can be consumed at one time. This helps people feel fuller faster and eat less overall. Weight loss surgery also helps reduce calorie intake by limiting absorption of some nutrients from food.

There are several types of weight loss surgeries available, each with its own benefits and risks. The most common type is gastric sleeve surgery, which involves resection of the portion of the stomach that produces grehlin – the hormone that is the major contributor to the feeling of hunger. As a result, patients who undergo sleeve gastrectomy report a reduced appetite, allowing them to lose weight. Other types of weight loss surgeries include gastric bypass, duodenal switch or revisional surgery. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages depending on a patient’s individual needs and goals for weight loss.

It’s important to keep in mind that while weight loss surgeries can help people lose significant amounts of weight quickly, they are not a “quick fix” for obesity or other health issues related to being overweight or obese. Diet and exercise remain important components for long-term success in maintaining a healthy body weight after having surgery. Patients should work closely with their doctor to develop an individualized plan for post-surgery lifestyle changes that will help them achieve their desired results over time while minimizing any potential risks associated with their particular procedure or underlying health conditions they may have before or after surgery.

At Nicholson Clinic for Weight Loss Surgery, our board-certified surgeons specialize in providing comprehensive care for patients considering bariatric surgery including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and duodenal switch as well as revisions for failed prior bariatric procedures or complications from prior bariatric procedures such as Lap Band. Our team is dedicated to helping patients find safe solutions to their obesity issues so they can start living healthier lives.

To learn more about how Nicholson Clinic can help you achieve your goals through bariatric surgery, please visit Nicholson Clinic today.