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Stomach stapling surgery

Stomach stapling surgery

With many types of weight loss surgery available, it is up to the doctor or surgeon to decide which is best for each individual patient. There are benefits and risks with each different type so it is important that surgeon weighs up the pros and cons of each before opting for a particular method.
Some of the different methods can be modified to best suit an individuals needs. One type of weight loss surgery that was originally used to help those who were dangerously overweight was stomach stapling surgery.

Originally this type of surgery involved using surgical staples to staple the stomach in a certain place to limit the amount of food which is eaten. It was highly successful in that it helped people to reduce the amount of food which was eaten and passed through the digestive tract. However, there were certain complications experienced by some people especially when the stomach stapling involved was horizontal. This type of stomach stapling was not as effective as most patients would have like. So to combat this problem, surgeons tried wrapping a band around the area which had been stapled. However, this method again did not have the desired effects. After a while patients began reporting that they were putting weight back on and the ability to eat larger amounts of food.

Because of the fact that patients began to put weight back on after having lost it, made stomach stapling surgery less attractive. It was also replaced by other more successful methods which were being researched and tested.
Although much of the failure attributed to stomach stapling was down to the fact that some patients were reluctant to change their eating and lifestyle habits. As with most weight loss procedures, stomach stapling was effective at helping those who tried hard to lose weight and who made healthy choices, for those who simply carried on eating what they used to eat, it was less helpful. If patients continued to overeat, the staples could detach and cause the stomach to go back to its original size.

There are other issues with stomach stapling surgery too. Short term side effects of stomach stapling include abdominal upset, diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, and heartburn. Long term side effects can include deficiency in vitamins, strokes or death. The procedure of getting your stomach stapled involves a three or four day stay in hospital and as with all surgical operations, there may be other risks involved such as leakage of fluids, bleeding and pain. There is also a risk of infection.

One of the most important things to think about when thinking about undergoing stomach stapling surgery, is whether or not you are prepared to change your lifestyle. Weight loss surgery is expensive and risky so guidelines given after procedures should be followed strictly in order to gain maximum benefit.

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