The goal of obesity treatment is to reach a healthier weight. Many methods are available. The method that's right for you depends on how active you are, how healthy you are, your obesity level, and your willingness to commit to a life-long weight loss plan. Non-surgical and surgical obesity treatment methods include:
- Changes in diet and exercise behavior
- Prescription weight loss medications
- Weight loss surgery
Non-surgical approaches (Diet, Exercise, Drug Therapy)
Conventional weight loss treatments involve making changes to diet and exercise routines and taking prescription weight loss medication. With these approaches, a 5-10% reduction in body weight is considered a success. However, over 90% of those treated in this way are back to their baseline weight within 5 years.1 Another difficulty is that weight loss medications may have troubling side effects, which can cause some patients to stop taking them.
Bariatrics refers to the branch of medicine focused on the understanding, prevention, and treatment of obesity. Bariatric surgery (also called weight loss surgery) is an effective treatment for morbid obesity. It can help obese individuals lose substantial amounts of weight and may also reverse serious weight-related health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.
Even so, some bariatric surgical procedures such as gastric bypass and gastric banding may lead to complications that require additional surgery. These procedures may also have uncomfortable side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. For these reasons, many patients who qualify for gastric bypass or banding may choose to wait for an alternative. The abiliti® system offers such an alternative.
A study of insurance claims of 2,522 individuals who had undergone bariatric surgery showed that 21.9% had complications during the initial hospital stay and a total of 40% had complications and/or side effects in the six months following surgery.2 The following complications were reported:
- Gastric dumping syndrome, including bloatedness and diarrhea after eating, relieved by smaller meals or medication (20%)
- Leaks at the surgical site (12%)
- Incisional hernia (7%)
- Infections (6%)
- Pneumonia (4%)
- Overall mortality was 0.2%.
Two of the most common types of bariatric surgery are gastric bypass and gastric banding. Gastric bypass and gastric banding help people lose weight by limiting the amount of food and calories they can consume. Gastric bypass limits caloric intake by restricting the digestive pathway and causing nutrients to be poorly absorbed. Gastric banding relies only on restricting the digestive pathway to limit food intake.
The abiliti difference
Unlike restrictive weight loss surgeries, the abiliti procedure has very few complications, side effects, or lifestyle restrictions. The abiliti system doesn't physically restrict your digestive pathway or your diet. You can immediately resume eating a normal healthy diet and enjoy social meals outside your home without fear of nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Another unique feature of the abiliti system is that it automatically monitors and records when you eat, drink, and exercise. You and your surgeon or physician can use this critical information to make successful weight-loss a reality.
Social support is an important part of any successful weight loss strategy. You will also have access to a community of like-minded individuals where you will find friends, resources, and encouragement to help you create a healthy lifestyle—and have fun doing it!
1 Sjostrom L, et al. Effects of Bariatric Surgery on Mortality in Swedish Obese Subjects. NEJM. 2007;357(8):741-52.
2 Encinosa WE, et al. Healthcare Utilization and Outcomes after Bariatric Surgery. Medical Care. 2006;44(8):706-12.