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The Benefits of Weight Loss after a Gastric Band

by David Keogh, May 1st, 2013

Most people, when thinking about the benefits of weight loss, instantly think about health. Indeed, it has been proven time and time again that losing even 10% of your excess weight can play a huge role in preventing or hugely assisting with the management of illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, asthma, heart disease, high cholesterol, incontinence, infertility and depression. However, we have observed more so than anything else, that patients speak about their improved quality of life after weight loss.

So what exactly is ďquality of lifeĒ? This is clearly different for every patient. For some, itís simply being able to walk without pain or to be able to go out in public without feeling like they are the biggest person there. For others, itís about being able to exercise again or being confident enough to speak to the opposite sex. In simple terms, itís the little things that improve your life, itís the things that make you happy!

I would go as far as saying that a personís quality of life is the biggest deciding factor for them when opting for a gastric band procedure, in more than 80% of cases. After all, what good is life if you donít enjoy it?

Itís beyond describable when you see the looks on patientís faces within a few months of their procedure. Thereís a spark in their step, they smile. Itís almost as though the colour has returned to their faces. These people are finally on course to achieving what they have dreamed of for many, many years! They feel as though they have been given their lives back, they feel as though they are in control of their lives! This feeling, in many cases, is completely new to the patients. Before hand, they may have never felt as though they could control themselves. Now, with a little help from the gastric band, they are their own boss, in control of their actions each and every day.

To sum up, the benefits of gastric band procedures go far beyond the visible and illness related aspects. They go much deeper than that, into the mindset of the individual. In the words of Plato ďMens sane in corpora sanaĒ, ďA healthy mind is a healthy bodyĒ!

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Meet Dave
Dave Blog Picture Hi guys my name is Dave and I am the weight loss surgery co-ordinator for Auralia Weight loss Clinic. To give you a brief
introduction to myself, I am an extremely enthusiastic individual and I love to challenge myself to achieve higher targets. I personally know what it is like to lose weight having lost almost 5 stone in one year following a diet and exercise plan which I developed myself. Since then, I have developed an enormous interest in weight loss and I get great satisfaction knowing that I am helping other people achieve their target weights. I love playing sports and I have coaching qualifications in many various activities including rugby and Olympic weight lifting. I have also represented Ireland on a number of occasions in tenpin bowling. The aim of this blog is to give an insight as to what weight loss surgery is actually like, whether that is the gastric band or the gastric balloon. Every week or so I will post a new blog.


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