Do I Need Surgery to Lose Weight?

If you’re beginning to worry that your weight gain could be a health concern and normal weight loss methods haven’t been effective, it may be time to consider a surgical option for weight loss. While this is the right choice for some people, it’s important to explore all the options available to you before making a final decision. There are many different weight loss methods available today, so it’s crucial that you find the best one for you.

Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery typically involves making changes to your stomach or small intestine by utilizing one of the four types of surgeries below.

Gastric Bypass — With this procedure, your surgeon leaves only a very small part of the stomach available to hold food. You’ll eat less because your stomach is smaller. This is performed with several small incisions.

Adjustable Gastric Band — During this procedure, the surgeon will put a small band around the top of your stomach that limits how much food is allowed in at one time.

Gastric Sleeve — If you opt for this method, most of the stomach is removed and only a narrow section is left to hold food. This sometimes curbs the hunger hormone so you eat less.

Duodenal Switch — This is a complicated surgery that involves removing most of the stomach and using a gastric sleeve to bypass most of your small intestine. How much you eat is limited, and nutrients may also be limited so you don’t receive the vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy.

Candidates for weight loss surgery include adults with weight-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, who understand how to eat after surgery and are committed to making lifestyle changes to keep the weight off. Teenagers typically don’t undergo weight loss surgery until they’re extremely obese with a body mass index of at least 35 and have a weight-related medical condition.

There are also weight loss methods that don’t require surgery such as Synergy Medical Weight Loss.

Synergy Medical Weight Loss

Synergy Medical Weight Loss is for those who are looking for an alternative to weight loss surgery and want to lose weight without having to go under the knife. This weight loss program utilizes a variety of medications and natural supplements that speed up your body’s ability to burn fat, reduce appetite, and increase energy levels.

Before beginning the program, you’ll work with a wellness consultant who will review your health history, weight loss goals, and past weight loss failures and successes. A doctor will perform an examination, order blood work, and any necessary diagnostic tests before determining the best option for you.

You’ll work with the wellness consultant to determine how long your program needs to last. The consultant will help you stay motivated throughout the process and encourage you to exercise and maintain a healthy diet.

Through Synergy Medical Weight Loss Program offered at Aligned Medical Group, you’ll use a variety of medications and natural supplements that will speed your body’s ability to burn fat while reducing appetite and increasing energy levels.To learn more about this program, download our free eBook, Understanding Medical Weight Loss.

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