4 Most Common Types of Weight-Loss Surgery

Find out about some weight-loss surgeries and if you are a candidate for one of them.

4 Most Common Types of Weight-Loss Surgery

If you’ve done your best to exercise regularly and stick to a healthy diet but still have a substantial amount of weight to lose, weight-loss surgery may be for you. Bariatric surgery is a catchall term for operations that limit stomach size and/or food absorption. If you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater, you could be a candidate.

A 2013 study in BMJ showed that surgery led to greater weight loss than nonsurgical fixes like diet, exercise, and weight loss medications. Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome were also more likely to go into remission. Click through to learn more about which type of weight-loss surgery may be right for you.

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After Surgery: Time Off to Heal

After weight-loss surgery, many people experience discomfort. Hospital stays are usually one to two days. You’ll probably be on a liquid diet for a few weeks to allow your stomach to heal.

A typical weight loss is about a quarter of your body mass, but it depends on the type of surgery and a number of variables, including your age, weight before the surgery, diet and exercise, and any preexisting health problems. While weight loss can be significant, it’s not permanent unless you do your part: You’ll still need to follow a portion-controlled, healthy diet and exercise regularly to prevent weight from creeping back.

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