Bariatric Surgeries: Do Benefits Outweigh the Risks?
Did you know that according to the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) the number of surgical weight loss procedures in the last last 10 years have risen from 13,000 to 200,000? Every year, more and more patients turn to the field of bariatrics with the hope of changing their lives and achieving real results. However, it is important to be aware of the risks involved. Although there are several risks associated with bariatric procedures, there are many reasons why the benefits of these surgeries outweigh the risks.
What Is Bariatric Surgery?
To begin, those who are unfamiliar with the procedure can start by understanding that bariatric surgery includes a diverse number of procedures that all involve a reduction or removal of a portion of the stomach. Gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and gastric plication are some of the most common types of bariatric procedures, with gastric bypass being the most popular. There is also lap band surgery, a less invasive bariatric surgery in which a silicone band is placed around the stomach to adjust it’s size.
What Are the Risks?
Some bariatric surgeries such as gastric bypass dramatically reduce the size of the stomach, which changes the way food is processed; Therefore, vitamins and minerals must be taken religiously afterwards to avoid complications in vitamin deficiency. Other long term risks of bariatric surgery include low blood sugar, hernias, gallstones, bowel obstruction, and stomach ulcers. Women are also more likely to have a premature birth if they choose to undergo bariatric surgery.
Positives Outweigh the Negatives
Medical News Today reported that bariatric surgeries are more effective, compared to other non-surgical types of weight loss. In fact, within other forms of weight loss, those who used only standard diet and exercise for significant weight loss account for only 5% of the entire US population. Weight loss surgeries are also associated with fewer heart attacks and strokes. They are even associated with an improved sex drive amongst patients. Although there are several risks associated with the procedure, such as vitamin deficiency, ulcers, blood pressure and more, there are many people who choose to have the surgery because it is going to help them live longer and many of the associated risks can be prevented and/or treated.
Communication is Key
Surgery is a scary thing for some people. In order for patients to understand the risks and benefits associated with bariatric surgeries, it is important for each patient to communicate effectively with his or her doctor. As bariatric surgeries are a major life-changing decision, the patient must understand whether or not the procedure is right for them. The patient must also understand the strict diet and exercise guidelines they must follow after the surgery in order to achieve weight loss success. Although they are not as extreme, the patient must understand that there are many other forms of weight loss available with high success rates.
Bariatric Surgery at Marina Weight Loss Center
Marina Weight Loss Center is proud to offer a series of modern, minimally invasive gastric surgeries in the field of bariatrics. Gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, gastric plication, and lap band surgery are four common gastric surgeries that the center offers. Consult with a doctor at Marina Weight Loss Center and you will surely find a solution that suits your unique lifestyle.