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Here’s Why Surgery Is Considered Effective for Long Term Weight Loss

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By Jeremy Korman

Posted on August 25th, 2020 in Weight Loss

There is always a misconception that surgery for weight loss is a failure and that severely obese people need to go on a diet and exercise program to lose and maintain weight.

The truth invariably is that severely obese individuals are resistant to long-term weight loss by lifestyle changes and exercise only.

Generally, after losing weight through dietary changes, there could be difficulty with the regulation of appetite and increased desire to eat.

Unlike dietary changes and exercise, bariatric surgery results in long-term weight loss.

Bariatric Surgeries Maintain Long-Term Weight Loss

Studies have found that most patients who have undergone bariatric surgery maintain successful weight loss, which is defined as weight loss equal to more than 50% of excess body weight. According to The National Institutes of Health Experts Panel, the ability to maintain weight loss or long-term weight loss in people with severe obesity is close to impossible through other means except for bariatric surgery. The reasons why bariatric surgeries are effective in maintaining weight loss include:

  • The surgical procedures counterbalance certain conditions that result from rapid weight regain after dieting.
  • Weight loss that occurs after undergoing surgery does not reduce the number of calories your body burns or energy expenditure.
  • Some of the bariatric surgeries also cause anatomical changes to the stomach or intestine that can help in reducing the intake of food or cause malabsorption.
  • Bariatric surgery enhances certain gut hormone production that sends signals to the brain to reduce appetite and make your stomach feel full.

Undergoing a Bariatric Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital

There are various factors to be considered such as your body mass index, weight, co-morbid conditions, and age while deciding on whether bariatric surgery is the suitable and best option for your weight loss. Our surgeons will perform a thorough examination and let you know which surgical procedure will suit you the best. To get all your concerns resolved, please get in touch with us.