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Millions of patients initially look to diets, physical exercise and medicines to fight their obesity. Unfortunately, studies show that these people will not achieve long term loss just by following diet programs and behavior change programs. People with morbid obesity face an even greater challenge when they try to sustain their weight loss and solve their medical conditions. Surgery can still be the best alternative for these patients to lose weight and sustain that loss.
Non Surgical Treatments
The most common approach to lose weight is to eat less, to eat intelligently and to do more exercise. Nevertheless, many people who lose weight by using these tactics recover it very soon after having quit the diet, which takes them to more diet, replacing meals with special beverages or taking dietetic pills. It is estimated that less than 5 percent of individuals who participate in nonsurgical weight loss programs will lose a significant amount of weight and maintain that loss for a long period of time. According to the National Institutes of Health, most people in these programs regain their weight within one year. Sustained weight loss for patients who are morbidly obese is even harder to achieve.

Serious health risks have been identified for people who move from diet to diet, subjecting their bodies to a severe and continuing cycle of weight loss and gain known as “yo-yo dieting.”.
Surgical Treatments

If non surgical methods have not helped you to lose weight and sustain the loss, there is still another option. Studies have shown that surgery for losing weight, compared to non surgical treatments, results in the longest period of sustained weight loss in patients who have failed with other treatments. But bear in mind that a positive attitude, personal discipline and planning for the future are crucial factors for the surgery to be successful. Surgery can help you reach your long term goal only if you are ready to commit yourself to losing weight and to sustain the loss.

The surgical techniques for obesity surgery (bariatric surgery) fall into several categories:

Restriction techniques: they reduce the amount of food that the stomach can hold, but they do not interfere with the normal digestion of food and nutrients, e.g. Gastric Sleeve (Sleeve Gastrectomy) or Adjustable Gastric Band.
Malabsorption techniques: they shorten the digestive system to limit the number of calories and nutrients that can be absorbed, e.g. Biliopancreatic Derivation.

Mixed techniques (restriction and malabsorption): they restrict the amount of food that the stomach can hold, and by altering the digestive system, the number of absorbed calories is reduced, e.g. Gastric Bypass.


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