Weight Loss Surgery Discussed

How Is Weight Loss Surgery Performed?

When people become overweight or obese, they are generally told to eat less and move more. However, it is now quite clear that this is not realistic advice for someone who is morbidly obese, having a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or more. People like this have areas of fat that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise alone if they can exercise at all that is. Furthermore, they will develop a number of health conditions that make it even harder for them to work out and eat less. For them, weight loss surgery is often the only available option out there.

How Bariatric Surgery Is Performed

There are around eight different accepted types of weight loss surgery, with the gastric balloon being one of the most popular ones. Although different surgeons will have personal preferences in terms of which procedure they prefer, they can only perform all of them in one of three ways. Those are:

  1. Restrictive methods, whereby the size of the stomach is surgically reduced to limit food intake.
  2. Malabsorptive methods, whereby the small intestine is diverted so that the body isn’t able to absorb as many calories.
  3. Restrictive and malabsorptive methods, whereby the two options are being combined. A smaller stomach is first created, and this is then rerouted to the small intestine.

Open Surgery and Laparoscopic Surgery

Bariatric surgery used to always be performed as open surgery, with a single, large incision across the abdomen. This led to serious complications and pain in the patients, however, as well as a long recovery time. This is why more surgeons are now looking at laparoscopic procedures instead. When done laparoscopically, a total of five small incisions is made, through which the surgery is performed. The newest technique is the Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery, or SILS, technique, whereby a single incision is made in the belly button. This technique is still quite new, and not many surgeons are able to perform it yet.

Overall, however, any type of laparoscopic procedure is always better than open surgery. This is because patients have much less pain after their procedure and recover much quicker as well. This means that the goal of the procedure, to make people healthier and happier, is achieved much slower as well. In terms of recovery time, open surgery usually takes several weeks. With laparoscopic procedures, by contrast, people can often go home the very next day, instead of requiring several weeks in the hospital.

As the world of medical techniques develops, so do the skills and knowledge of doctors. This is because they are committed to their continuous professional education. As such, it is unlikely that a bariatric surgeon has not yet been trained on laparoscopic procedures and they are most likely in the process of receiving training in SILS. However, do make sure you look into this before you decide to go under the knife, regardless of whether that is through a single large incision, five small ones, or one in the belly button.

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I guess you can tell from my title that I’m geeking out over UncommonGoods today. Before you head out to check out some of the most unusual and awesome products for gift giving or even to purchase something wonderful for yourself, I wanted to familiarize you with the story behind UncommonGoods. I love learning about the products I buy and I think it’s really neat that every product sold on UncommonGoods.com has it’s own story. Whether the goods come from an emerging designer or a seasoned artist crafting each of his pieces by hand, you’ll be able to meet the designers and learn all about each item. I’ve been taking a little tour all over their site to meet everyone and to learn more about this company and what they offer, and I’ll post the link below so you can learn more as well. I think you’ll find the information very informative and worth your while to read. And of course, anyone that helps support and protect our American Forests has my vote. I’m a tree hugger and proud to be one.

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Let’s take a look at some of the goods starting with these stunning jewelry pieces because we all know what a Diva I am.  I like unusual and unique bling and lots of it. My favorite bracelet selection would be the “Story of the Earth Set of 7 bracelets.” They are so boho chic and so me. By reading the story behind the bracelets, I learned that they are made in Guatemala and that the designer is Lis Giròn. Isn’t that neat? I think you’ll agree that they would make a great gift for anyone on your gift-giving list or if you’d prefer a different style, there’s jewelry to fit everyone’s style and fashion taste. Do you have a favorite piece of UncommonGoods jewelry that you’d love to own or give as a gift?

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While I’m all about the bling, my oldest daughter prefers minimalist jewelry. She likes simple and clean looking jewelry like the ones seen on UncommonGoods. She’d really go wild about the Awaken Meditation Spinning Ring which is on sale right now BTW. I’m pretty sure she’d never want to take off the Pebble Stack Necklace. It’s so her, I’d swear it was made specifically for her taste. Even I’d love one of those. I think my favorite piece would be the Sea Glass Sterling Clasp Bracelet. I’m bad about losing jewelry if it doesn’t have a good clasp, but this bracelet does. Sterling and sea glass, oh my. I’d love to buy a few jewelry holders as well for my DIL and both daughters.

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While I’m all about the jewelry, I realize that not everyone likes to be adorned with beautiful jewels so you’ll be happy to know that UncommonGoods offers gifts for everyone. Him, her, home, office, furniture, jewelry, kids, fun and just about anything else you can imagine. I’ve even managed to find a couple of anniversary gifts for couples or individuals as well. My SIL would love to own a BBQ Briefcase for their anniversary coming up, and my sister would go wild over her own Personalized Wedding Bowl. I would love to own the Artisanal Bamboo Salt Chest for myself and I’m sure my mom would as well. I do a lot of cooking and baking and it would come in handy. Which anniversary gift is your favorite?

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I’ve held you up enough because there are so many products on UncommonGoods, it’s going to take awhile to see them all. Happy shopping.

P.S. Don’t forget to read the story behind the goods and meet the team as well as to discover their business focus.

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How to Quickly and Effectively Convert Videos with Movavi Video Converter

How to Quickly and Effectively Convert Videos with Movavi Video Converter

Do you need to convert one of your videos to a different format? If you run into a video that you can’t play then odds are it is in an incompatible for, and converting it (to a compatible one instead) would help to solve that. Additionally, being able to convert your videos would also allow you to optimize them for particular devices or platforms, and compress them so that they consume less space too.

In short, even if you don’t need to convert a video right at this very moment, knowing how to do so would certainly help. On the bright side, there is an easy way to convert your videos both quickly and effectively and all you need to do is enlist the help of Movavi Video Converter.

Due to is intuitively designed user interface and simple controls, it won’t take you long to start converting videos using Movavi Video Converter. The only thing that you really need to do is add the video, pick a format, and get it started. By doing so, you could convert VOB to AVI, MP4, MOV, WMV, and so on.

How to Quickly and Effectively Convert Videos with Movavi Video Converter

However the real strength of Movavi Video Converter lies in the fact that it can help you to convert videos far more effectively. In part, that is because of the hundreds of presets within the software that can help you to automatically optimize your video for specific devices and platforms.

Despite the fact that it may be a video converter first and foremost, Movavi Video Converter also comes with several other interesting features too. For starters, it is able to convert both images and audio files as well, and can even create animated GIFs out of video clips, extract audio tracks from videos, and grab screenshots from them too.

If you want you could also use Movavi Video Converter to edit your videos in certain ways. Between cutting and combining video segments, enhancing the video quality, altering the orientation and adding customizable text – you should be able to tweak your video as much as is required to make it look good.

As you can see converting videos quickly and effectively with Movavi Video Converter shouldn’t be much of a problem. With all the features it will place at your disposal, you can actually do a lot more than just that and so it would be a good idea to experiment with them and put them through the paces.

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