Fighting obesity is sometimes easier said than done. A good diet and regular exercise can take time to see results, which is why many people come to our Tijuana, Mexico practice for weight loss surgery. There are different types of bariatric surgery procedures to meet your needs, with some surgeries more ideal for the morbidly obese or super obese.
People sometimes ask Dr. Fernando Garcia if it is better to undergo bariatric surgery or simply eat healthy and exercise more. The team at Tijuana Bariatric Center would like to compare these weight loss options below.
There are different bariatric surgery techniques available, though they operate on the same general principle: limit the patient’s caloric in-take in order to promote rapid weight loss. This can be done by reducing the size of the patient’s stomach so they consume less during meals, altering the patient’s digestive tract so they absorb fewer calories during digestion, or a combination of these methods.
Some of the most popular weight loss surgeries include the gastric sleeve, gastric banding, and the gastric bypass.
Bariatric surgery is ideal for people who are obese or morbidly obese and suffer from one or more obesity-related health problems. The key advantage of bariatric surgery is that patients lose weight quickly, with peak weight loss reached around 1 to 2 years after the procedure.
Patients wind up losing up to 70 percent of their excess weight in the process. Studies have shown that bariatric procedures can also help treat comorbidities such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
While bariatric surgery leads to quick results, it carries some common risks associated with surgery, including potential infection and ineffectiveness. Bariatric surgery patients may experience nutritional deficiencies because of diet restrictions, and could develop gallstones later in life. The cost of surgery may be prohibitively expensive for some individuals and households as well.
Eating healthy and exercising regularly are a recipe for long-term health and maintaining a healthy weight. By eating whole foods with an emphasis on fresh vegetables and fruits, patients can have rich, nutritious mealtimes. Exercise helps shed excess weight, and can also improve cardiovascular health and overall mood.
For losing weight, taking up a diet and regular exercise helps you establish healthy habits that you can maintain throughout your life. There is no need for surgery, and you can still have a whole range of foods and beverages so long as you practice moderation and common sense.
While diet and exercise are great ways to stay healthy, the weight loss results may come slowly. Even people who are committed to healthy living will not lose as much weight as rapidly as bariatric surgery patients. There’s also a question of diligence since healthy eating and lots of exercise requires a lot of discipline to maintain.
If you have a pressing health issues, you may need a quicker fix like bariatric surgery just to immediately lengthen your life expectancy.
If you do undergo bariatric surgery, remember that the procedure also assumes you’ll be committed to healthy eating and regular exercise. During the consultation process, we can discuss life after bariatric surgery in more detail so you know what to expect.
To learn more about your many options for losing weight and achieving better overall wellness, be sure to contact the Tijuana Bariatric Center. Dr. Fernando Garcia and his team are here to help. You can contact our Tijuana office by phone at (866) 787-5113, and our San Diego and Rancho Cucamonga locations by phone at (877) 638-9302.