Restrictive surgeries work by physically reducing the stomach’s size and restricting the amount you can eat. With malabsorptive surgeries like gastric bypass, fewer calories are absorbed.
Pros – weight loss is quick and dramatic. Health related problems (diabetes, sleep apnea, arthritis, high blood pressure) improve quickly. Drop in ghrelin hormone helps to control appetite.
Cons – It may result in vitamin and mineral deficiencies and it is irreversible.
Constipation, nutritional deficiencies such as anemia or osteoporosis and wound infections.
On average, you will lose about 65-80% of your excess body weight within the first 2 years.
Obesity related medical problems generally improve after WLS, these include: sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, GERD, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma, urinary incontinence and degenerative joint disease or orthopedic problems.
To keep the weight off, eat very small meals, make nutrition a priority and exercise regularly.
You will be thrilled with your new appearance, but may have loose or saggy skin.