Is Surgery as a Treatment for Obesity really a Painless Way to Weight Loss? Most people have heard of how being obese can be bad for the heart. People don't tend to take it very seriously when it’s their heart though. The heart happens to be a very resilient organ that can go on against immense odds until the day it exhausts every trick in its book and just stops. People tend to take advantage of this quality that the heart has and ignore any signs. One sign that can be difficult to ignore though is a loss of vision. That's right, obesity is a disease that can cause pressure to build up in the skull. So much so, the pressure can cause unpredictable behavior in the optic nerves. When something like this happens and you know that you’ve run out of time and options, often, bariatric surgery is the only way forward. This is a kind of treatment for obesity where doctors operate on a person and make the stomach smaller so that one just can’t eat much. Bariatric surgery can produce some dramatic results and is especially popular among teenagers who are morbidly obese (although about 100 times as many adults have it done each year than teenagers). Still, there's an unfortunate perception that people have about this kind of treatment for obesity; they believe that it's an easy pushbutton way out of their problems. They sometimes think of it as they would a nose job or liposuction. It's supposed to be a fun way to look better. According to doctors, nothing could be farther from the truth. Bariatric surgery, while it is a safe procedure, certainly comes with its attendant risks. Teenagers who approach doctors for obesity surgery are usually given extensive counseling to see if there any lifestyle changes that they could take up for better results. Before they accept a patient for surgical treatment for obesity, doctors will usually require them to show their commitment for weight loss by losing a little weight on their own first. They will then ask them if they can stay committed to a life of healthy food and exercise once the surgery is over with. Sometimes, teens who are desperate for surgery (because they believe it's a magic fix for their problem), just nod along to everything to be able to get their surgery done. They typically come by very modest gains. Doctors require that any team applying for surgical treatment for obesity be mentally and physically mature. The teen in question typically has to be well past puberty and done growing. A pre-puberty teen who isn’t done growing, if he is given this kind of treatment for obesity can quickly come by some kind of vitamin deficiency that could cause all kinds of developmental problems. And a child needs to the psychologically mature that he might meaningfully make a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. A recipient of bariatric surgery has to be thoroughly committed to eating very wholesome food to make up for the fact that his stomach is now smaller. He could otherwise come down with dehydration and malnutrition. As you can see, surgery can be a thoroughly difficult option to take. And no one should take it lightly.
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