One of the factors that affect your weight is the amount of food that you take. If you are unable to bring down the portions, you can have a surgery that reduces the size of the stomach or blocks the hunger signals so that you take less and lose weight.

Who is a candidate for the surgery?

Weight loss surgery is not recommended for everyone. Here are some considerations for those who may have the surgery:

  • People who have a body mass index of 40 and more. This is around 100 pounds for men and 80 pounds for women
  • People with lower BMI than 40 but has serious health issues such as severe sleep apnea, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol
  • Those who are unsuccessful in losing weight by other means

The weight loss surgery can save your life and dramatically improve the quality of your life. However, you must be committed to a lifelong eating, exercising and lifestyle change

Types of weight loss surgeries

1. Implanting an electrical device
There are nerve signals from the stomach that tell the brain that you are hungry. They prompt to feel hungry and eat. The electrical device interrupts the nerve signals between your brain and the stomach so that you feel less hungry and full after taking little food.

2. Malabsorptive restrictive surgeries
These surgeries are meant to shrink the size of the stomach and remove or bypass a part of the digestive system. This means that you will take less and make it harder for your body to take in lots of calories from the food. Unfortunately, this surgery has many side effects. Therefore, many doctors do not recommend a pure malabsorptive surgery.

3. Restrictive surgeries
This surgery works by slowing down the digestion and shrinking the size of your stomach. A normal adult person can hold around 3 pints of food in his stomach. After the surgery is done, the person can only hold an ounce at a time. The stomach may then stretch over time and hold an extra ounce. With a smaller stomach, you tend to eat less. The less food you eat, the less glucose that needs to be converted into fat and stored in the body.

Before having any of these surgeries, it is important that you get a thorough health check up and understand the risks along with the lifestyle changes that are required after the surgery. If you keep to the recommended changes after surgery, you can remain lean and avoid obesity related conditions.