Bariatric Bypass and Bariatric Band

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Bariatric Bypass and Bariatric Band ConnieLee Hilborn COM/155 March 30, 2013 Carrie Kendall Bariatric Bypass and Bariatric Band Obesity is prevalent in the United States today and men and women alike are looking for methods to lose weight. When dieting and exercise alone cannot produce the desired results, there are other options. Bariatric bypass and the bariatric band achieve the same purpose, a means to lose weight. “Bariatric surgery has been shown to be more effective than traditional weight loss treatments such as diet and exercise for morbidly obese people. Despite the effectiveness of bariatric surgery, it is not for everyone.” (Realize, A Comparison of Gastric, Banding, Gastric Bypass, and Sleeve Gastrectomy, 2013, pg. 4) Though different in procedures, risks, and results, Bariatric Bypass and Bariatric Band, two weight loss surgeries contribute to weight loss and improved health. The requirements are the same for both types of bariatric surgery. To qualify, the man or woman must be “18 years or older, be a minimum 100 pounds overweight for men, 80 pounds overweight for women, and have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40. It is also approved for patients with a BMI of 30-40 with one or more obesity-related conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or sleep apnea.” (FDA, 2013) The weight loss surgery will be either open or laparoscopic. The bariatric bypass surgery is usually open surgery, meaning, under general anesthesia, the doctor cuts an incision in your stomach and performs the surgery. The doctor can use laparoscopic surgery for the bypass and the band. Many doctors favor laparoscopic surgery because it is the least invasive. The doctor makes small incisions into which he/she makes the changes to your digestive system. The recovery and hospital time is shorter, along with minimal pain and

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