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Laparoscopic obesity surgery

Laparoscopic obesity surgery

Laparoscopic obesity surgery is for individuals who are dangerously overweight and need to be operated on to try to help them achieve a healthy weight. It has become more widely known in recent years due to a trend of people using it to improve the way they look. Many celebrities have used this form of surgery to lose weight and this has brought it under the spotlight of the media and general public.

Weight loss surgery was originally designed to help those who were morbidly obese, to lose weight for health benefits. It was not designed as a form of cosmetic surgery although it has become used for this in recent years. There were certain criteria which had to be met before a doctor or surgeon would recommend a patient for laparoscopic obesity surgery including having a body mass index of over 40, being between the ages of 18 and 55, being obese for more than five years, having tried unsuccessfully to lose weight naturally and not having any glandular diseases which could cause weight gain such as hypothyroidism. It was usually decided to resort to surgery only if the health benefits from losing weight would outweigh the health risks involved with surgery. Weight loss surgery should really be about prolonging the life rather than improving the appearance.

That being said, there are many forms of weight loss surgery which can be done now which are minimally invasive which has led to the increase of people using this for cosmetic reasons. Laparoscopic obesity surgery has made it a much less complex operation than before. Surgeons are now able to perform this surgery without cutting or stapling the stomach and the patient does not usually have to stay in the hospital for more than 48 hours which means it is much less debilitating than before. Placing a lap band on the stomach for example is much easier now and it can also be fully reversed and removed by laparoscope if necessary.

Laparoscopic obesity surgery has become extremely popular recently due to the reduction in the hospital stay and the fact that it leaves smaller scars, speedier recovery times and lower risks of hernias when compared to previous forms of obesity surgery. However, there are still some risks involved with this type of surgery. It is still a surgical procedure which requires the use of an anaesthetist and there is a three to six week recovery period. There is a risk of infections, leakage and bleeding and with overweight patients there is also a higher risk of respiratory problems. The patient will also need to commit to a change in eating habits and lifestyle in order to maximise the benefits of the surgery. It will be uncomfortable to eat much for the first few weeks after surgery so the patient should be aware of this. Also, laparoscopic obesity surgery cannot be performed on patients weighing over 500 pounds so an alternative will have to be found first in order for that patient to lose at least 100 pounds before they will be suitable.

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