Most people who have thought about weight loss have tried the traditional methods of dieting, exercise, and weight loss medications, mostly with varying levels of success. Sometimes, these methods are successful in the short term, however the results rarely last. Recent studies reveal that conventional methods of weight loss generally fail to produce permanent results. Patients on diets, exercise programs or weight loss medications are able to lose weight but tend to regain two-thirds of it within one year, and almost all of it within five years.
The positive effects of weight loss and weight loss surgery in overweight and obese patients are well documented. Doctors recognise that once a patient’s weight exceeds a certain range they are more likely to suffer from diseases like diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, sleep apnoea, asthma, and many more. Their mobility, social acceptance and mental health can also suffer.
While most people who are overweight have considered bariatric (weight loss) surgery at some point, many are uncomfortable with surgery as an option. The risks of surgery cannot be ignored:
- Excessive bleeding
- Adverse reactions to anaesthesia
- Blood clots
- Lung or breathing problems
- Leaks in your gastrointestinal system
- Death (rare)
Longer term complications associated with weight loss surgery can include:
- Bowel obstruction
- Dumping syndrome, causing diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Stomach perforation
- Death (rare)
Thankfully, there are now a number of non-surgical procedures available which offer better weight loss results than diet, exercise and medication, without some of the short and long-term risks of bariatric surgery. These procedures are typically performed endoscopically (using a flexible camera which is placed through the mouth into the stomach while you are sedated). The non-surgical procedures available at BMI include: