Bariatric surgery is considered a big blessing by the abnormally overweight.
The result of research conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association, published in the October 13, 2004 issue says among those patients who were already suffering from chronic health problems before having the operation:
- High blood pressure was brought under control in 62 percent of patients.
- Cholesterol levels dropped in 70 percent of patients.
- Diabetes was cured in 77 percent of patients who were diabetic.
To add to this, a lot of gastric bypass patients lose 20% of their extra weight in just one month. After two years, most of them still have some excess weight, but on an average the loss of excess body fat is an amazing 80%.
That doesn’t mean complications never happen in bariatric surgery. Some bariatric surgery complications are listed below but these may not be all:
- Accidental tearing of organs like the liver, spleen, or blood vessels. These complications are most commonly observed in patients who have had previous surgery.
- Breathing problems, normally prevented by getting the patient up and on his feet as soon after surgery as possible.
- Complications caused by excessive anesthesia.
- Deep vein thrombosis.
- Hernia, the most probable complication. This requires a second operation to repair.
- Infections or leaks in the suture lines.
- Temporary hair loss.
These results, however, are just as common as bariatric surgery complications than they are as complications of any other type of gastric surgery. In a study conducted based on the first 1,274 patients who had mini-gastric bypass, for example, there was just one death. Serious complications only occur in less than 10% of all bariatric procedures.
Complications after bariatric surgery are rare. And you can help prevent them.
Wonder how? It’s really very easy. Continue dieting till the time of your operation.
The October 2005 issue of the medical journal Obesity Surgery reported a study saying that if bariatric surgery patients can manage to lose even 5 percent of their excess weight prior to surgery, the surgical procedure, on an average, takes 36 minutes less.
That’s 36 minutes less of anesthesia for the brain to recover from. That’s 36 fewer minutes scope for surgical error, and 36 fewer minutes for infection to leak from the stomach to surrounding organs.
The only possible complication that may be caused by losing weight before surgery is an average 1.8 percent excess weight loss in the first year. In other words, people who diet before surgery lose weight a little faster than surgeons think is optimal.
Bariatric surgery complications are quite rare, but the risk still remains real. To minimize your chances of complications after bariatric surgery, continue your efforts to lose weight till the moment of your surgery, and be completely honest with your physician about everything you’ve been doing to lose weight.