Find out about some weight-loss surgeries and if you are a candidate for one of them.
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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How it works: With this procedure, also known as the Lap-Band (the brand name for the device; Realize Band is another), your surgeon places a silicone band around the top of your stomach to, in effect, make it smaller. There’s less space to hold food, so the band makes you feel full faster and reduces hunger pangs. This procedure does not cause any malabsorption, which means the food you eat gets digested normally.
Good to know: The gastric band procedure is reversible. Only small incisions are needed since it’s done through laparoscopy.
Tip: The band may have to be adjusted from time to time, according to Curtis Peery, MD, of Sanford Health.