Are you shattered looking in a mirror with feeling of loss of control over your own body? Body image reflects self-awareness and confidence, if the usual straight jacketing rules of the body image are assumed.
That apart – obesity leads to multiple diseases like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, joint pains etc. It also hampers the psycho-social growth of a person resulting in depression and low self esteem.
The conservative weight loss attempts fail to maintain weight over long term in over 90% obese people. Given such high weight regain tendency, Bariatric Surgery is probably the only effective method to treat and maintain weight in select group of obese persons.
Surgery involves a laparoscopic procedure to reduce the stomach’s capacity with or without some element of absorption.
We find that most patients and their families are worried about the nutritional implications of Bariatric procedures. It must be realized that even before surgery, person may be deficient in essential nutrients like iron, calcium, vitamin B12, vitamin D etc. This may be related to obesity or unsupervised weight loss attempts but after surgery patients are advised high protein foods & vitamin supplements. In most of our patients significant improvement in nutrition status is seen in follow up.
Even before surgery, patients are advised a high protein, low fat & low carbohydrate diet to improve liver texture esp in patients with large liver.
The post surgery diet transits from liquid to semi solid diet and eventually a regular diet to allow healing of stomach. Small meals focused on providing good quality proteins are advised. Usually with the new dietary patterns like slow eating & drinking, taking small bites/ sips, portion control etc there is no vomiting or other adverse symptoms. Restriction in sugars & fats helps in better weight loss & long term weight maintenance.
Bariatric surgery is a strong tool to fight obesity & maintain health besides improving quality of life.