Reducing A Beer Belly With Surgery

For those who suffer from severe and unmanageable obesity, changes in diet and increased exercise may not be enough to bring abdominal fat under control. In order to avoid life-threatening health consequences, stomach surgery may be an option.

Stomach surgery is not an easy weight loss solution. Like any major surgery, the procedure can be painful and comes with a variety of risks, including death. This is not an option to be taken lightly, and it’s not a simple way to get rid of a beer belly or excess belly fat. Surgery should only be considered when other weight control options have failed.

Belly Fat and Surgery

If your simple beer belly has turned into a form of debilitating obesity and has become a threat to your health, stomach surgery might be a solution. There are two major types of stomach surgery: restrictive stomach surgery and restrictive and malabsorptive surgery.

Stomach Surgery: Restrictive

Restrictive surgery usually involves the application of surgical staples or a band to a portion of the stomach. This reduces the capacity of the stomach, which is typically about the size of a melon, by up to 90 percent, so that it’s about the size of an egg. At this size, the stomach can hold only a few tablespoons of food, so after just a few bites, you feel full and stop eating. The Lap-Band procedure is a common type of restrictive stomach surgery.

Stomach Surgery: Restrictive and Malabsorptive

In this form of stomach surgery, stomach capacity is reduced, but an additional alteration is made called a gastric bypass. When food leaves the stomach, it is rerouted to a lower portion of the small intestine. By bypassing the upper portion of the intestine, food is not exposed to as many digestive enzymes and fewer calories are absorbed into the body.

Surgical Options for a Beer Belly

If have added a bit of weight around your midsection and you find your beer belly uncomfortable or unattractive, you’ll likely want to explore a variety of weight loss options before you commit to stomach surgery. Talk to your doctor about weight loss methods that can help you get rid of excess belly fat. Surgery may be the right choice for you, but only your doctor can help you make this decision.

Resources

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Mayo Clinic Staff. (2010). Gastric bypass surgery basics. Retrieved January 13, 2011 from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gastric-bypass/MY00825