Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What to Do to Shed Off Extra Weight?

Losing weight takes more patience to be successful but if you are looking for an instant, safe way to shed off your unwanted fat then you may try bariatric surgery. There are a lot of testimonials from online sources showing how this type of treatment has changed their lives. Benefits include increased self-esteem and confidence.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Learning How to Get Rid of Spider Veins

Are you looking to learn more about how to get rid of spider veins? There's a lot of information freely available about this problem nowadays thankfully. The trick is to separate the wheat from the chaff. Spider veins are similar to varicose veins. The main difference between the two is that varicose veins tend to be larger and more visible. They end up appearing on various parts of the body such as the legs. 

These veins tend to appear in the leg area because the legs have to carry the rest of the body's weight, blood in this area is being moved against the force of gravity, and the blood needs to get to the heart from faraway places such as the feet. The valves in the veins are forced to work much harder and over time, they may be unable to keep blood from going the wrong way or backing up. It's this blood which ends up giving spider veins their appearance.

So, what would be good to know about how to get rid of spider veins? It would, of course, be good to first discuss the matter with your doctor. She can have a look at the problematic area and the two of you can discuss what changes you can make in order to address the issue. For example, it may be helpful to wear compression stockings in order to provide some additional support to the areas where the veins are appearing. Of course, this is only of use if the problem spot is in your leg area. The amount of pressure you will want these stockings to offer will depend on the circumstances of your problem. Some stockings offer only light pressure, while others apply much more force and support to the area.

Then there is sclerotherapy. This procedure involves your doctor taking a syringe and injecting the affected vein with a particular substance. The chemical will act to prevent blood from flowing back into that vein. Over time, it is expected that the vein itself will become less visible and will fade. Since this treatment is rather targeted, multiple sessions may be needed, depending on the amount of spider veins which need to be treated. Talk with your doctor though about the possible side effects of this procedure.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

How Does Gastric Bypass Surgery Work?

More and more people are becoming aware of gastric bypass surgical operation, as a method of dealing with problematic obesity levels. As a result, there's more information available about the subject and there are more stories publicly available about people who have undergone the procedure, for various reasons. It's important to always keep in mind that gastric bypass surgery is a major surgical operation. You will need to discuss it thoroughly with your doctor before you even begin to seriously consider whether to undergo the procedure.

Again, the surgery involved here is rather serious. It will involve making physical changes to your stomach as well as your small intestine. Consider what will happen to your stomach. During the operation, the surgeon will take your existing stomach and split it into two parts. Staples will be used in order to perform this change. Once the surgeon is through, your stomach will end up with an upper area and a lower area. The upper area will be smaller compared to the one below it. This upper area is where the food that you eat will end up. By doing this, the surgeon has drastically reduced the amount of food volume that your stomach can physically handle.

That's not the end of it though. The second part of the operation is where the bypass part comes in. The surgeon will take your small intestine and detach it from where it usually connects to your stomach. She will instead create an opening in the new upper area of your stomach and connect the small intestine there. This results in a drastic change to the way your digestion system works. Now, food will enter the upper part of your stomach and from there will proceed directly into your small intestine. The lower section of your stomach becomes effectively bypassed.

One way all this surgery is done is for the doctor to make a large incision in your belly. This allows her access to all the needed areas of your stomach, intestine and the surrounding area. However, the large cut and the accompanying strain on your internal organs will tend to result in a longer period of recovery. Another way for the surgery to take place is through the use of specially designed tools, equipment and a camera which is introduced into your body using a number of smaller slices to your belly. This laparoscopic surgery will tend to reduce the recovery time, and you will have to deal with smaller incisions and scars.

Important Points to Consider Regarding Weight Loss Surgery

Some people consider surgery for weight loss or have it recommended to them, because of issues with obesity that can already result in poor health or a problematic standard of living. Weight loss surgery offers a way to address or deal with obesity, but in a more straightforward way which doesn't require as much time or lifestyle change in order for it to work. That said, this type of medical procedure still comes with its share of risks and potential adverse effects, so it isn't a decision that should be taken lightly.

Many types of surgeries work on a person by creating a physical or other limit to the volume of food that the person can eat. So instead of that person having the usual volume within which to accept and digest food, that volume is significantly limited so that even if the patient wishes to continue eating the way he did before, this becomes a much more difficult thing to do.

One thing to consider carefully is the fact that this surgery affects a very important part of how your body functions. Whether the surgery makes your stomach smaller, or whether it makes it less likely that you will digest or absorb food, your digestive process will never be the same. You will have to get used to the fact that you will be seeing your doctor regularly, maybe for the rest of your life, in order to monitor whether your new level of digestion and absorption is proving to be sufficient for a healthy life.

You will also have to remember that while the surgery makes it more difficult to regain weight, this isn't impossible. Don't expect to be able to live an unhealthy life and get away with it, because you've had the surgery. Get used to the idea that you will still be expected to make healthy lifestyle changes anyway, involving the kind of food you eat and the amount of activity you do. Otherwise, over time you may find that weight will continue to be a problem. You can ask your doctor about these and other concerns when you discuss your surgical options. Usually, if surgery is being advised, the patient has already reached the point where the good that the surgery could accomplish already outweighs the risks involved.