Archive for bariatric surgery
If you’ve been looking into liposuction, you’ve probably know how much is liposuction, but have you considered long term costs due to liposuction side effects?
And I’m not talking about the side effects immediately following the procedure like swelling and bruising and pain. Rather, we’re talking about long term damage to your health.
We certainly live in a world where we seemingly do not have to work for what we want. We have plastic surgery, gastric bypass surgery, hormone replacement therapy (both male AND female) and Botox, just to name a few.
All of these promise youthful appearances and vigor without all the hard work. And really, in a society that does research to find the absolute littlest amount of aerobic exercise we can do and still get a benefit, does this come as a surprise?
Short of the actual surgical procedure, there are any number of procedures that promise the same results: cold sculpting, cold laser sculpting, smart lipo and many more.
But for those wanting guaranteed results, liposuction is the way to go.
Before you pick up the phone to call your local plastic surgeon, you need to understand something first.
This particular article looked at what happens to fat redistribution after liposuction. Yes–fat REdistribution. Just when you thought you were getting it sucked out and gotten rid of, it shows up somewhere else.
The only problem is that this time is shows up as a 10% increase in visceral fat — the dangerous, artery damaging type of fat. Not cool.
Luckily, the authors were able to determine that, in those participants who were physically active, this shift to visceral fat did not occur.
So, in case you thought you could get away from exercising into a better body using surgery, you need to think again. I think I have mentioned a time or two that healthy lifestyle changes, to include diet, stress management, environmental chemical avoidance and exercise, is the only thing that won’t kill you before it saves you.
If you have had liposuction in the past, did you notice any redistribution of your body fat?
Long Term Impact of Bariatric Surgery on Body Weight, Comorbidities and Nutritional Status
I’ve recently had a patient go to one of those “info” meetings for those considering bariatric surgery. The information presented was sugar coated and painted a picture of these overweight patients as victims of their genetics, with no real responsibility for their condition. While this alone may be bad enough, there was no mention of the most important information. Once someone has bariatric surgery, their lives will be forever changed. Not even counting failed surgeries and repeat surgeries for adhesions and complication. Not counting the fact that many of these patients end up with the same risk of heart disease and diabetes.
The real issue is that an absolutely essential process of life–digestion and absorption of nutrients–is forever altered. The rest of their life will need to be different, avoiding foods w/ poor nutrient density and only taking in high nutrient density foods. Given the number of bariatric surgeries performed each year, you can bet we will see ever increasing numbers of very sick, post-bariatric surgery, patients.