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Weight Loss Surgery Reduces Pregnancy Complications for Mother and Child

The obesity rate among women of childbearing age is increasing right along with the overall obesity rate. It’s estimated that in the United States, 23.6 percent of women between the age of 18 and 44 are obese. One out of every five women who give birth is obese.

Obesity Dangerous for Mother and Child

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Endoluminal Sleeve: Non-Invasive Alternative to Gastric Bypass to Treat Obesity and Diabetes

A number of types of surgical treatment are available to facilitate weight loss in obese people and reduce their incidence of associated health problems, especially diabetes. For those who are willing to undergo surgery, gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y) has long been the most common option. Bypass surgery does tend to yield the best results in terms of overall weight loss, but it still has some drawbacks. Like any major surgery, the procedure entails some risks.

Endoluminal Sleeve

Recently, however, researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Weight Center and Gastrointestinal Unit have developed and tested a new way of treating obesity through “incisionless bariatric surgery.” A new medical device—called an endoluminal (i.e., intra-intestinal) sleeve (ELS)—which can be inserted endoscopically, mimics the effects of gastric bypass by sealing off the upper portion of the small intestine with an impermeable lining that prevents the intestine from sensing and absorbing the nutrients in food so that it passes through to the lower intestinal tract relatively undigested.

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Maintaining Weight Loss After Weight Loss Surgery

A little more than two years ago, Judy Simes weighed 347 pounds. She couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs or tie her own shoes. Her body mass index (BMI) was 57, which qualified her as morbidly obese. She spent her days sitting in one room, one chair, doing nothing.

Then, Judy chose to have bariatric surgery. Two years later, she has lost more than 133 pounds—“about a person”—and now weighs 174 pounds. Her BMI is down to 32, and where she used to be unable to get out of her chair, she’s now “out and about doing everything.”

For any bariatric approach to weight loss to truly succeed, lifelong changes in diet and lifestyle are necessary. Judy’s weight loss success is not due simply to her bariatric surgery, but to the fact that she has continued to work with her bariatric treatment team to develop and sustain balanced, healthful diet and exercise plans.

“The long term management is a team approach starting with the patient,” notes Dr. Caroline Apovian, Director of Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston University Medical Center. “The patient is the number one member of the team.”

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Weight Loss Surgery Recipe - Eating and Enjoying it After Bariatric Surgery

Weight-loss surgery has helped many thousands of severely overweight people improve their health and lives by enabling them to lose up to 60 percent of their body weight. However, it is not a magic bullet. Maintaining that improvement requires significant commitment and adjustment of one’s diet and lifestyle following surgery. Many people simply don’t manage that, unfortunately, and within 3 to 5 years will have regained much of the weight they lost.

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Ohio Weight Loss Surgery Support Groups

For many patients, the hardest part of losing weight through bariatric surgery is not the operation itself. The hardest part comes later, with the difficult task of developing and maintaining a healthier lifestyle and diet. Unless people can make changes in these areas, they are unlikely to sustain their health and weight loss following surgery. Too many patients find that within 5 years after surgery, they are back where they started.

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How Does The Lap-Band Work?

It is usually a long and frustrating sequence of failed diets and exercise attempts that leads people to consider adopting a surgical approach to weight loss. But for many people who have been unable to lose weight by managing their food intake on their own, bariatric surgery can provide an effective solution.

Even after making the choice to seek surgery, patients face a decision about what type of procedure will be best for them, however.

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Weight Loss Surgery May Improve Fertility And Pregnancy

The number of people who are overweight or obese has been growing exponentially for more than 20 years. Nearly two-thirds of Americans age 20 or older are overweight (body mass index over 25), a third are considered obese (BMI over 30), and nearly 5 percent are morbidly obese (BMI 40+).

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Advantages Of Lap-Band – Is It Better Than Roux-en-Y?

“What do you see as a better choice for me?”

This is a question all prospective weight-loss surgery patients should ask their doctor.

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Bariatric Surgery Reduces Cancer Risk in Morbidly Obese Patients

New research indicates that bariatric surgery does not just cut the risk of diabetes and heart disease. It also helps minimize the risk of cancer.

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Best Bariatric Surgeons in Dallas

For the third year in a row, Dr. Nick Nicholson has been named one of the best bariatric surgeons in the Dallas area. More than 4,800 area doctors were invited to name two physicians in 40 medical specialty areas whom they would trust with the care of their own patients or loved ones. The annual list of “the 729 Best Doctors in Dallas as Chosen By Their Peers” appeared as D magazine’s top story for November 2009.

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