Obesity Surgical Options
The medical management of weight loss is limited in treating obesity. Most patients regain most of the lost weight after the diet has ended. Some may experience failure with multiple diet plans, resulting in frustration and hopelessness.
Both over-the-counter and prescription drugs for treatment of obesity have serious side-effects; in fact, some of these medications are harmful in patients who have a number of illnesses associated with obesity.
The overall costs of treating obesity-related illnesses for a single patient, in addition to the loss of productivity over the years, are staggering. There are also high financial tolls and mental anguish placed on both the patients and their families.
In addition to providing a lasting form of weight loss, an ideal treatment for the morbidly obese should carry less risk than the disease of obesity itself.
Over the years, many types of operations have been performed for the treatment of morbid obesity. The underlying approach for most of the operations were either to reduce food intake by reducing the size of the stomach, or by limiting the amount of calories being absorbed by the body.