Every type of medical procedure has potential risks. That is something you must be realistic about. What matters is that you are able to understand what both the advantages and disadvantages of any procedure are. It is then up to you to decide whether or not the advantages outweigh the potential risks. Looking specifically at bariatric surgery information, there are a number of clear risks, including blood clots, bleeding ulcers, leaks in your staples, heart attacks and potentially death. However, there are also some fantastic advantages to this type of surgery. Considering these risks described above are very rare, you may feel that the advantages actually outweigh these risks.
Advantages of Bariatric Surgery
In those cases where people have tried all the traditional weight loss methods but still do not notice an improvement in their overall body weight, bariatric surgery may just be right for them. The reality is that the greatest advantage of this type of surgery is that it is possible to lose as much as 60% of your excess weight. This is impressive and something that would be almost impossible to achieve in any other way.
But there is more as well. The fact that you lose weight to that extent brings with it some other very positive advantages. These link in particular to your overall health and you would probably not be able to meet these health benefits without the surgery. Your overall health will be significantly improved, but it also targets more specific health conditions. These include:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Sleep apneas
All of these conditions are uncomfortable at best and lethal at worst, so the fact that you can address these through surgery is important. There are also various other conditions that should markedly improve through weight loss. These include high blood pressure, severe arthritis, high blood cholesterol and asthma. You also lower your risk of developing fatal diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease and strokes. Basically, losing that amount of weight means you reduce the chance of dying an early death.
There are even more benefits. One of those is the improvement in overall mobility. Suddenly, you will be able to do things again that you couldn’t in the past because you would get out of weight or because your joints would hurt. And, of course, there are benefits such as being able to look good in nice clothes that actually fit and being able to feel comfortable going out to social events. You will rebuild your self-esteem and generally have a more positive life outlook. Around 95% of patients who have opted for bariatric surgery report that their overall quality of life has improved.
So do these benefits outweigh the risks? Only you can decide that. You need to have extensive conversations with your surgeon in order to determine not just whether bariatric surgery is right for you, but also which type of bariatric surgery. They will also further discuss the existing risks associated with the procedure, so you can make an informed decision.