Men and women with a body mass index (BMI) above 30 are considered obese. Having such a condition makes them susceptible to chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart diseases, stroke, or hypertension. While home-based weight loss tips may help you lose a few pounds, they might fail to keep your hunger-inducing hormones at bay. Lonestar bariatric surgery can help reduce the size of your stomach by 70-80%. That makes you feel full sooner and the stomach will not crave more food that is adding to your weight. Read on to learn more about how the surgery works and what you can expect to gain after the procedure.
How Bariatric Surgery Works
Like any other surgery procedure, you will have general anesthesia before the gastric bypass begins. There are two steps involved:
Reducing the Size of Your Stomach
For starters, the surgeon will reduce the size of your stomach. Using staples, they will divide it into two: the small upper section (pouch) and the larger bottom section. After you eat food, it is stored in the pouch. It can only hold 1 ounce of food, and that will cause you to eat less food.
Your surgeon will join the small part of the intestine to the small hole in the upper section. The food you eat will move from the pouch to the small hole. That means the rest of your body will absorb fewer calories from the food you eat.
How to know if you qualify for bariatric surgery
You are eligible for bariatric surgery if your BMI is 30 or higher. If it falls between 35 and 40 and you have lifestyle conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, or sleep apnea, you may not be eligible for the surgery. Once you book your appointment, your doctor will assess your medical history and measure your current BMI to determine whether you are fit for the surgery. Once your bariatric surgeon has your medical history and is aware of your expectations, they will design an ideal surgery plan for you.
What to expect after the surgery
The primary goal of bariatric surgery is to make you eat less, hence lose weight faster. However, that can only happen when you prepare your mind to not crave foods. Avoid filling your plate with a lot of food if you want to experience the best results. Here is what to expect post-surgery:
Six months post-surgery, you can expect to lose about 30%-40% of excess body weight. That translates to about 1-2 pounds a week. After nine months, you should visit your surgeon to determine whether you have achieved your mission. By the time one year lapses, you are expected to lose over 100 pounds. However, if you fail to get satisfactory results, visit your doctor to help find out the cause of below average results.
Are you in need of a weight-loss treatment plan to help you achieve your beauty and health goals? Book your appointment today to learn more about the procedures.
To ensure success, LoneStar Bariatrics brings a personalized and patient-centric focus to weight loss, no matter where people are in their journey. They provide individualized attention for men and women of all walks of life, including those who are obese or have diabetes and need specialized care. The LoneStar Bariatrics team also works closely with men and women who regain weight after bariatric surgery or experience other surgical complications.
When men and women come to LoneStar Bariatrics, they can rely on the utmost care and respect because the team understands it’s a deeply personal and important decision to undergo bariatric surgery.