Face of Surgical Weight Loss May Change In Future

An undeniable reality is that we are living in an unhealthy society that is experiencing a rise in the number of people who are over the recommended weight. Data from Journal of American Medicine (JAMA) states that nearly 79 million people or approximately 35% are obese and at risk of contracting obesity-related ailments such as type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, certain forms of cancer and may also lead to death.

To deal with the problem, different methods have been invented and the degree of success varies depending on method, body type, age, gender, and extent of the effect. The method may be used singly or combined with others for more effect; for instance, dieting, exercising, and at the same time taking weight loss pills.

obesityBariatric weight loss is the most common surgical way of shedding off the extra fat and has been practiced for many decades. Though it is among the costly procedures, people opt for the method due to quicker and more effective results and it does not require too much effort or time.

Nonetheless, losing fat via surgical procedure may be taking a different angle courtesy of findings from recent studies. During a meeting hosted by the Radiological Society of North America, a group of researchers from Dayton Interventional Radiology, Dayton, Ohio indicated that gastric artery embolization (a popular technique used in the emergency room) is effective and a better alternative to the invasive weight loss procedure.

Together with his colleagues, Dr. Mubin Syed, an interventional radiologist says that by blocking certain arteries, the level of appetite stimulating hormone, Ghrelin, goes down leading to a person eating less. What makes this method bring optimism is because it doesn’t involve any incisions since it’s injected directly into an artery.

Similar sentiments are held by Dr. John Morton, the chief of bariatric surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, and he believes that blocking arteries through gastric artery embolization seems more promising and is better than the usual surgery. Its success will help deal with the rising cases of obesity and also lower the risk factor that comes with bariatric.

The new technique has some shortfalls which make it ineffective in some situations; for instance, it will not work well in people who suffer from emotional eating such as when depressed or individuals suffering from arterial diseases as it may interfere with their recovery.

The studies have been done on small-scale and people are hoping for more research so as to see the potentiality of the weight loss method. Dr. Morton and Dr. Syed both believe that there is lots of potential and the only way to realize the full effect is through more research and meticulous peer reviews.