About 80,000 bariatric surgeries are performed in the United States on an annual basis for the purpose of correcting obesity. The practice of having such surgery performed is somewhat controversial, with supporters calling it a lifesaver and opponents saying that it often turns out to be a short term fix. Several factors are involved when it comes to success, but the willingness of the patient to make lifestyle changes is one of the key aspects.
“The media often portrays obesity surgery as a sort of magic bullet for weight loss,” says Bill Maxwell of Houston Obesity Surgeon, a site that gives information about the best bariatric surgeons in the city, “when in reality, it is just the start. It’s an extremely powerful tool, but if the patient doesn’t go along with a plan involving reduced calorie intake, the weight can still come back even after surgery.”
This is because the stomach and intestines are incredibly adaptable, and even severely restricted stomachs can expand back to a larger size. Patients who continue to eat until they are stuffed will, at first, only need a couple of tablespoons of food to feel this way. However, doing this repeatedly will cause the stomach to grow back. Therefore, patients can’t replace dieting with surgery. Instead, surgery is a powerful adjunct to a specially-designed calorie restriction plan.
“Because of this potential, good surgeons make sure to screen patients well before operating. Someone who feels a compulsion to constantly eat will be advised to take care of this psychological issue first,” said Maxwell. “Even when there are no problems of this sort, counseling is a good idea. This helps the patient get used to the changes she or he will have to make to be successful.”
After the operation is complete, a good Houston obesity surgeon won’t just shake the patient’s hand and say goodbye. Instead, the office will provide a diet plan and counseling to help the patient adapt to the physical changes that have been made. It will also have the patient return for follow-up visits to make sure everything is working out well from a medical perspective.
“There are many types of weight loss surgery performed today,” Maxwell added. “While it can be tempting for patients to pick one out, the best bet is to let a top surgeon suggest the specific procedure. Following a surgeon’s advice is the best way to obtain a solution that is both effective and medically safe. The surgeon will also be able to discuss risk factors and other issues that don’t make it into TV news blips.”
About Houston Obesity Surgeon
Houston Obesity Surgeon is the website of Dr. Clifton Thomas, a bariatric surgeon practicing in the Houston, TX area. The site gives information about the various types of surgery for obesity. It also includes many videos with patients, testimonials, and other information about Dr. Thomas’ practice. A form is provided for setting up appointments with the doctor.
Visit http://houstonobesitysurgeon.com/ for more information.
Name: Bill Maxwell
Organization: Houston Obesity Surgeon