Bariatric surgery is a major life choice. Any surgery carries risks, so part of your decision-making process needs to weigh those risks against the potential benefits. Many people are led to believe that bariatric surgery is “risky,” so they put off doing it. In the meantime, they may be living with chronic, dangerous conditions like heart problems, diabetes, and more.
If you are overweight, is bariatric surgery worth the risk? The best way to find out is to talk with your physician — and to read up on the latest studies and research.
A proven treatment for obesity
Studies have shown that bariatric surgery is the best and most effective way to help people drop excess weight and get healthier. Specifically, people with higher BMIs (35 or above) have seen consistent and impressive improvements in health and well-being. This includes lowering the risk of heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, arthritis, and more.
Risks of surgery
It’s been documented that people with higher body weight and more health problems are more likely to experience complications with any surgical procedure. This fact alone makes some people uneasy about undergoing surgery of any kind.
Nevertheless, bariatric surgery has been shown to be beneficial and safe even for these types of patients. The American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery (ASMBS) says the risk of dying from bariatric surgery is around one in 1,000 — lower than other types of procedures such as gallbladder and hip replacement surgery.
Furthermore, if you take into account the risk of serious complications from weight-related health problems, the ASMBS says most people will see an even greater benefit from having the surgery. They will be able to decrease or even eliminate the risks of certain diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease, with only minimal risks from the surgery itself.
Proper screening is crucial
If you decide to explore bariatric surgery for yourself, you may find that you’ll need to have a number of medical tests conducted as you prepare. Although it can be inconvenient, remember that these screening tests are designed to ensure that you have a safe and successful surgery.
Part of the reason bariatric surgery has a sound safety record is that each patient is carefully evaluated by his or her medical team well before the surgery is performed. Diseases and conditions, whether physical or psychological, will be taken into account to ensure you’re ready and able to have the surgery.
Having the surgery is just the beginning of your journey. To learn more about your bariatric surgery and your life afterward, check out our online resources and download our free e-book, What to Expect After Weight-Loss Surgery.
CarePoint Health Bariatric Surgery
CarePoint Health Center for Bariatric Surgery offers a number of different weight-loss surgeries to help you meet your weight-loss goals, including sleeve gastrectomy, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, LAP-BAND®, and REALIZE® Band. To learn more about our bariatric surgery options, contact us at 201-795-8175 and register for our free seminar.
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