Surgical Conditions  

Obesity

Obesity is not a simple condition of eating too much. It is now recognized that
obesity is a serious, chronic disease.

Causes of Obesity 

Obesity could be a combination of the following:

  • The genes you inherited from your parents
  • How well your body turns food into energy
  • Your eating and exercising habits
  • Your surroundings
  • Psychological factors

Consequences of Obesity

If you are obese, severely obese, or morbidly obese, you may have:

Major health risks

Shorter Life Expectancy
Compared to people of normal weight, obese people have a 50% to 100%
   increased risk of dying prematurely
Obese people have more risk for:

  • Diabetes (type 2)
  • Joint problems (e.g., arthritis)
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Certain types of cancer (breast, uterine, colon)
  • Digestive disorders (e.g., gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GORD)
  • Breathing difficulties (e.g., sleep apnoea, asthma)
  • Psychological problems such as depression
  • Problems with fertility and pregnancy
  • Incontinence

Risks to psychological and social well-being

  • Negative self-image
  • Social isolation
  • Discrimination

Difficulties with day-to-day living

  • Normal tasks become harder when you are obese, as movement is more difficult
  • You tend to tire more quickly and you find yourself short of breath
  • Public transport seats, telephone booths, and cars may be too small for you
  • You may find it difficult to maintain personal hygiene
Treatment

Non-surgical intervention:
Many people who are unhealthily overweight have tried in vain to lose excess
weight. The market is overflowing with all kinds of slimming diets, cures and
products that advertise success. But many studies show that diets and slimming
aids rarely succeed in helping people achieve the desired result of long lasting
weight reduction. In fact, many people who have tried dieting gain back more
than they lost when they go off the diet.

Surgery
If you have tried diets, cures, tablets or medicines and they haven't helped you
lose and maintain a healthy weight, one option may be an operation to artificially
reduce the amount your stomach can hold and decrease your appetite. A new
surgical method which does this uses the BioEnterics® LAP-BAND® System.

The BioEnterics® LAP-BAND® System Patient Book (detailed booklet) 1194 KB

This BioEnterics® LAP-BAND® System Patient Book will provide you with detailed information on the BioEnterics® LAP-BAND® System surgical solution for the treatment of severe obesity, including the following:
  • The concept of obesity
  • Causes of obesity
  • The risks inherent in obesity
  • Treatment options
  • Advantages of the BioEnterics® LAP-BAND® System
  • Basic patient selection criteria, indications and contraindications
  • Possible risks, complications and adverse events
  • The operation
  • Eating and drinking just after the operation, and ten important rules
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Your diet for the rest of your life
  • BMI charts

Click here to download the booklet.

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