How Abdominal Cosmetic Surgery Can Help with Weight-Loss Transformations

Obesity is a serious concern across the United States where it is estimated at least a third of the population weighs in significantly over recommended amounts. Strongly linked to serious health conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease, obesity is an issue many people choose to tackle head on. As the weight comes off, however, the body may not always readjust in ways that are aesthetically pleasing. Excess skin, weakened muscles and other visual concerns may linger. Abdominal cosmetic surgery can help address these concerns and others.

While the specifics of abdominal cosmetic surgery will vary based on a patient’s unique case, most people seek out this form of assistance when they experience muscle laxity and/or have loose, excess skin on the abdomen. These concerns are common following successful weight-loss procedures, but often also affect women after pregnancy. Removal of excess skin combined with an abdominal wall reconstruction can help create a firmer, smoother abdominal profile. Other areas that may benefit from cosmetic procedures to remove excess skin include the thighs, breasts, arms and back.

Depending on the particulars of a patient’s case, abdominal cosmetic surgery may be covered by insurance. This is simply because these procedures not only improve aesthetics, but they have been proven to help increase the long-term probability of weight loss success. When people look better, they tend to feel better about themselves. This, in turn, can provide the motivation necessary to ensure long-term weight loss and maintenance.

Weight loss surgery is just the first step in a journey to shed pounds, keep them off and create a leaner, healthier appearance. If excess skin and muscle weakening are concerns following dramatic weight loss or in other circumstances, abdominal cosmetic surgery may help. People who are concerned about their post-surgical or postpartum appearances are advised to talk to their healthcare providers about this option.

 

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Tips For Avoiding Gallstones and Gallbladder Issues

Anyone who has suffered from gallstones knows this is a condition that’s best avoided, if possible. Quite painful and often only resolved through surgical intervention, this potential development can sometimes be prevented or treated through calculated lifestyle changes.

The gallbladder itself is a small storage sac in the body that stores bile made by the liver. When food is consumed, bile is injected into the small intestine to help break up fat. When the components of bile manage to solidify, they form stones that can vary in size and severity. In some cases, gallstones may be treated without surgical intervention. Oftentimes, however, a removal of the gallbladder is required to alleviate pain and recurrence issues.

There are lifestyle changes that may help prevent gallstones and assist in the treatment process should they develop. Some of the suggestions include:

• Eating a healthy diet – A healthy, well-balanced diet that is high in fiber and vitamin C can be especially helpful. Be mindful of vitamin C overuse, however, as it can increase the risk of kidney stones – an equally painful development.
• Drinking coffee – A number of studies have found that drinking coffee on a regular basis, at least for women, can reduce the risk of gallbladder disease.
• Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol – Some studies have suggested that drinking no more than two standard drinks a day can help lower the risk of gallbladder disease.
• Avoiding rapid weight loss – While obesity is also a risk factor, fast weight loss can increase the risk of gallstone formation. If weight loss is necessary, be sure to take a steady, healthy approach and don’t eliminate fat from the diet entirely.

Gallstones may not always be avoidable. If this condition is a concern, be sure to speak with a qualified healthcare provider. Courtesy of advanced surgical techniques, having the gallbladder removed when it is necessary, generally only involves a fairly simple procedure.

Acid Reflux And Exercise: Get The Facts

Acid reflux is a painful condition that results when the stomach’s acids back up into the esophagus. When the condition is chronic, it may have progressed to become a condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD for short. If left unchecked, both conditions can cause damage to the esophagus courtesy of that backflow of acid. In some cases, people may even find their risk for developing esophageal cancer increases.

While the connection between exercise and GERD is a murky area for some sufferers, there are some compelling reasons why exercise should be considered even when the condition is present. As it turns out, obesity is one of the prime contributing factors to GERD in many cases. With that in mind, shedding pounds can greatly help reduce symptoms. What’s more, very particular types of exercise can be helpful in treating the condition.

Researchers have found that certain types of exercise can be very helpful for people who suffer from GERD. In fact, many say moderate forms can be quite useful in contributing to treatments. Here are a few of the exercise types that can help patients who suffer from GERD address weight without necessarily agitating the condition:

• Moderate, less agitating exercise – While running might be off the table, researchers have found that working out on a stationary bike can help incorporate fat-burning cardio workouts into the routine of GERD patients.
• Walking – Fast-paced walking can be a good exercise start for GERD patients.
• Weight lifting that doesn’t involve lying flat – It might be best to avoid bench presses and leg curls, but other weight lifting exercises might prove to be helpful.

People who suffer from acid reflux or GERD should discuss exercise options with their healthcare providers. Surgical intervention may be recommended for people who suffer from acid reflux. Bariatric surgery may also be in order to address obesity if it is a related concern.

Pros and Cons of Bariatric Surgery

Most people understand that obesity can lead to serious health conditions and life-limiting afflictions. Tackling this issue head on can improve health, personal appearance and even outlook on life. Surgical interventions can be especially helpful for those who are morbidly obese, but there are some pros and cons to consider. Weight loss surgery offers tremendous benefits, but it’s not the best choice for everyone.

Invasive weight loss surgery procedures, such as gastric bypasses, are generally only recommended when people a have a body mass index of 35 or higher and weight-related health conditions. Those with a BMI of 40 will find this type of operation is recommended whether health complications have presented or not. Other options, such as balloon and lap band procedures, may be available for those with a lower BMI.

Here’s a look at the potential pros and cons of moving forward with procedures such as a sleeve gastrectomy or bypass:

The Benefits

Weight loss surgery procedures have been proven to be highly effective in helping people shed pounds and keep them off. The benefits, beyond weight loss, may include:
• Increased stamina
• Lowered blood pressure
• Improved sleep
• Improved breathing
• Improved or reversed type 2 diabetes symptoms
• Reduced risks for diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain forms of cancer
• Ability to maintain weight loss over the long-run, especially when more permanent solutions are considered

The Potential Cons

Weight loss surgery is surgery. In the case of a bypass or sleeve procedure, the operation is considered a major one. With that in mind, patients are exposed to all the potential risks that go along with surgery. Overall, the other potential cons are relatively minor, but may include the need for ongoing counseling in regard to diet and nutrition. Patients are also likely to find they do need to make lifestyle changes to support ongoing, healthy weight loss.

Bariatric surgery has proven itself very beneficial for helping those who are obese shed pounds and keep them off. To learn more about the options and their potential pros and cons, speak with a licensed bariatric surgeon or other healthcare provider.