Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, can be a fairly expensive procedure with an average price ranging from $20,000 to $35,000+. LAP-BAND surgery is slightly less expensive than the typical gastric bypass procedure, with the average price ranging from $17,000 to $30,000+.
In order to lose weight and keep it off after bariatric surgery, it’s important for patients to stick with a restricted bariatric surgery diet program. When you undergo gastric bypass surgery, gastric banding or other types of bariatric surgery procedures, the size of your stomach will be drastically, and you can only eat a very small amount of food at a time. You'll be limited to a liquid diet for a few weeks after surgery and will then only be able to eat certain types of foods to support your weight loss process. Talk to a bariatric surgeon in your area to see if you're a good candidate for one of the available weight loss procedures.
Bariatric surgery continues to be one of the most effective ways to lose weight permanently, but it cannot take care of all the issues associated with maintaining a healthy weight. If you need to lose more than 50 pounds, your weight loss surgeon may recommend a bariatric procedure such as gastric bypass surgery, LAP-BAND surgery or gastric banding surgery to trigger steady weight loss in just a few months.
If you have been considering bariatric surgery to lose excess weight, you may be a good candidate for a weight loss procedure known as gastric sleeve surgery. Gastric sleeve surgery is one of the latest options in bariatric surgery and is designed to jump-start weight loss in patients who may not qualify for invasive weight loss surgeries such as gastric bypass surgery.
Most people who undergo bariatric surgery procedures such as gastric bypass, LAP-BAND surgery and gastroplasty lose about 60% of excess weight over the long-term. Bariatric surgery is typically coupled with a complete nutritional therapy and exercise regiment to help the patient ease into a healthy lifestyle and slowly lose excess weight in the healthiest way possible.
In the early fall of 2002 Sally Long was sitting in a support group listening to horror stories about bariatric surgery. She heard statistics about complications, even death, suffered by patients who had their stomachs surgically reduced; statistics that she admits were "very scary." A short while later, on October 16th, she would undergo that same surgery. "The question is 'is it worth risking death,'" says Stacy of the operation that would change her life. "For me, yes."
Since bariatric patients must limit the quantities of food at each meal, eating nutritious foods throughout the day is a top priority. A balanced diet full of fresh fruits, whole grains and vegetables may be fine for the average health-conscious consumer, but those who have a smaller stomach typically cannot digest or metabolize all of these foods efficiently.
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