Exercise and diet are the ideal methods of losing weight but there will come a time wherein patients will badly need to undergo weight loss surgery just to help them maintain a productive and healthy lifestyle. Persons who are suffering from morbid obesity have tried their best to lose weight through different dietary programs and exercise routines, but this simply seems to fail. They badly need to lose those excess weights if they wish to live a longer life so surgeons have no other choice but to perform weight loss surgery on them.
Stomach stapling surgery or called as gastroplasty or gastric stapling in bariatic medicine, is a weight loss surgery technique that uses the aid of gastric staples in order to reduce the size of patient’s stomach. This was derived from the Soviet Surgeons who used abdominal stapling during World War 2.
This weight loss surgery is done by dividing the patient stomach into two segments thus creating a tiny pouch, which is the stomach that is connected to a passageway called the stoma towards the remaining larger portion of the original stomach. The size of the new stomach is reduced to that of an egg which is completely small compared to the original melon size of the old stomach. With this stomach size, the patient will be allowed to have limited intake of food which is equivalent to one to two tablespoon of solid food.
Stomach stapling is not done with anybody but only in extreme cases wherein the patient requires immediate remedy to his or her growing morbid obesity. This weight loss surgery is designed so patients will have limited food intake in one sitting while extending their feeling of satiety in longer periods of time.
There are two types of stomach stapling: adjustable gastric banding (AGB) and vertical banded gastroplasty (VBG). AGB uses an inflatable silicone elastomer ring as its gastric band while VBG uses stomach staples to reduce the size of the patient’s stomach.
There are other weight loss surgery options that are available today. Nevertheless, surgeons often use these procedures only in restrictive operations because of the irreversible effects it may bring to a patient. Weight loss surgery is not only expensive but also has several side effects that may not be appealing to most of us but with patients of morbid obesity; weight loss surgery is the miracle they are waiting for all of their life.