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By Zaithyn Galter Published 12/8/2006 | Health

Leading a normal life is what every person desires. But it can be severely hindered if you are suffering from obesity. Proper dieting, regular exercise and yoga therapy can provide you relief from over-weight if you can practice them regularly for a long time of your life. These will require you to make them a habit and also spend considerable time on them. Weight loss pills can give you faster relief but they are also not free from side effects. To get rid of these factors, you can opt for Weight Loss Surgery for reducing your weight. Weight Loss Surgery can bring a change in your lifestyle once you get a slim and flexible body. It will provide you long-term respite from extra flesh and there is least possibility of side effects too. 

With the advancement of medical science, surgeons tried for finding out the potential for weight loss surgical operation by removing a section of patients intestine and stomach. They noticed that after the operation, the patient could not maintain their weight they had before the surgery and starts losing it. This is actually due to the reduction of size of stomach, which ultimately lowers the intake of food. In fact, a person takes food according to their size of stomach. In Weight Loss Surgery program, intake of food is restricted for supplying fewer amounts of calories to our body. If the production of calorie is greater, there is a possibility of developing weight and consequentially it may turn to overweight if not restricted by some external factors.

A number of techniques are commonly used to carry out surgical operations for reducing weight. They have been categorized according to their procedures and functions on human health. In case of Restrictive Weight Loss Surgery, staples or bands are used to shorten the size of stomach and intestine. An obese person is forced to take lesser food materials to stop producing heavy amount of accumulated energy, which is the root cause of over weight. As the food value from that small amount of intake is burnt while maintaining other body functions like respiration, circulation, movement and locomotion, very few amounts of energy remains in the body for building body structure. In case of Mal-absorptive Weight Loss Surgery, intake of food material is not hampered; rather this process inhibits the absorption of calories.

A substantial segment of small intestines are eliminated from the body to reduce the absorption process. Small intestine is the core area, which is responsible for absorption of simplified food materials and sending them to various organs and organ systems of human body. Finger like elongated structures are present on the inner lining of the small intestine, which absorbs food materials in liquefied form, and help the body to absorb them according to the necessity. Due to elimination of a portion of small intestine, absorption of food is reduced and ultimately helps human body to stop from gaining extra flesh. Weight Loss Surgery is more effective when these two types of surgery are combined together, which is technically termed as Restrictive and Mal-absorptive Weight Loss Surgery. In this case, a combined surgery is done to get dual action restriction of food intake and absorption. This surgical method is found to be more effective in maintaining health as well as to keep fitness level high.

Weight Loss Surgery functions very similar to that of liquid diet or a hunger-suppressing pill. The results of both these tools are risky and complicated and can also be drastic if not used in appropriate way. However, Weight Loss Surgery can be taken as a supportive tool but never as a remedy.


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