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Options for when diet and exercise just aren’t shifting the weight

You often hear of people losing a significant amount of weight with just exercise and diet.

However, for some people, their weight just doesn’t budge even after extensive changes to their diet and exercise regimes. And for people with conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes, losing weight is essential.

So what can you do if exercise and diet show no effects?

Well, there are some surgical procedures that you can consider, and whether you need weight loss surgery in Manchester or New York, there are a range of options available for you.

Endoscopic weight loss techniques

Endoscopic techniques involve the insertion of a thin and flexible tube with a camera attached at one end into the digestive tract via the mouth.

It allows doctors to get access to your digestive system without any kind of open surgery, which is much riskier. Before the procedure, you are given a sedative so that you don’t feel any sort of discomfort.

So how do these procedures work?

Doctors place devices into your gastrointestinal tract, limiting the amount of food you can eat.

Endoscopic procedures are a good option for many people because they are more effective than medication, less invasive than surgery, and have fewer risks and side effects.

Plus, while bariatric surgery involves weeks of prep and recovery, endoscopic procedures take just a few hours.

Endoscopic weight loss techniques include:

Gastric balloon

In this procedure, a silicone balloon is placed in your stomach. This reduces the room available in the stomach, so you eat less and feel full for longer.

Doctors might place just a single balloon or use a dumbbell-shaped model that stays in the stomach for roughly six months. With this procedure, you can expect to lose about 15% of your body weight.

However, this procedure is not for everyone, and it is approved for those that have a BMI between 30 and 40. Additionally, individuals who have undergone gastric surgery before or have hiatal hernia cannot opt for this procedure.

It’s also not suitable for those with acid reflux because it worsens the symptoms.

Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty

In this procedure, the specialist reduces the stomach’s volume by up to 70%. You will be given general anesthesia prior to the operation, and so you will be asleep throughout.

The body will absorb the stitches after about one year. 

With this technique, you can expect to lose roughly 20% of your body weight, and the results are more predictable compared to a gastric balloon.

And while a gastric balloon isn’t effective for everyone, endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty works well for nearly everyone. 

Aspiration therapy

This is a relatively new procedure and allows you to get rid of calories from your stomach after a meal. A tube with an access port is placed in your stomach.

After two weeks, the doctor connects this port to the skin so that you can remove 30% of calories after each meal. 

Aspiration therapy is ideal for those with a BMI over 35. You can expect to lose roughly 16% of your weight in the first year after the treatment. And while weight loss is slower than it is with a gastric balloon, the procedure is safe and straightforward.

The device also helps cultivate better eating habits in patients that usually last even after the device is removed.

For instance, you might learn to snack less, drink more water, and chew your food for longer since these things improve the device’s functionality.

Gastric injections

These injections freeze the stomach muscles, slowing down digestion and helping you feel full and satiated faster.

But they are only suitable for you if you’re looking to lose about 5-10% of your weight, like the weight you gained after pregnancy. 

Gastric injections are minimally invasive and require only a series of injections that you can get once every six months. They hardly take more than 10 minutes and are painless.

Bariatric surgery

Weight loss or bariatric surgery options make changes to the digestive system to help you shed weight.

This kind of surgery is usually considered when exercise and diet are not having a meaningful impact on someone’s weight loss, and there are serious obesity-related health problems.

Some bariatric procedures limit the amount of food you can eat, while others reduce the ability of the gut to absorb calories and nutrients.

Some techniques work by combining both of these.

Bariatric surgery options include:

Adjustable gastric band

In this procedure, doctors put an adjustable band around the stomach that can be tightened or loosened after surgery. Since the band restricts the stomach, you feel full after a small meal.

You can expect to lose more than 50% of the extra weight in just 1-2 years after the surgery. 

Sleeve gastrectomy

This procedure involves removing around 80% of your stomach and leaving a sleeve-like pouch that can only hold a small amount of food.

As a result of the surgery, the stomach produces less ghrelin, the appetite-regulating hormone, reducing your desire to eat.

Sleeve gastrectomy results in dramatic weight loss and has a short recovery time compared to other surgery options.

Gastric bypass

This major surgery is usually performed laparoscopically and has two phases. The stomach is first divided into two, with one being roughly the size of a walnut, and the smaller part is attached to the lower part of the small intestine.

This way, the stomach bypasses most of the small intestine, which limits the amount of nutrients that the gut can absorb after each meal.

With a gastric bypass, you can expect to lose more than 50% of your extra body weight, but some extent of weight regain is relatively common.

The Importance of Professional Advice

Before making any decisions on weight loss surgery, it’s essential that you speak to a health care professional for advice.

They will consider your aims and goals along with any current medical conditions to help you make the right choice for you.

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