23 July 2017

Obesity Surgery Risks To Be Aware Of

By Dhwanan G

In order to lose weight, you need to make some serious changes to your lifestyle. Excess weight is a risk in itself. It is known to be a major cause of diabetes, stroke, heart diseases and some types of cancers. Obesity can severely damage a person's quality of life and in the long term cause depression too. Drastic improvements in food habits and regular exercise are the key to a healthy life and weight. However, in some cases, this does not help. This is exactly where medical interventions such as weight loss surgery can help. These surgeries ensure that the food intake is reduced and the person feels full sooner.

Well, just like any other surgery, obesity surgery has its own risks. Since the weight loss is not gradual, it has greater risks.

Here are some of the risks involved in obesity surgery:

Complications immediately after surgery

Complications can occur immediately after the surgery or even during surgery. Infection is one of the most common complications. It affects one in twenty people that undergo this surgery. Blood clots appearing in the legs or lungs are another known complication. This affects one in a hundred people. Lastly, there could be bleeding. This affects one in a hundred people.

Excess skin

This surgery removes the excess fat from the body. However, with the removal of the excess fat, the skin sags and is not as tight or firm as it used to be. This means that after the surgery, you will be left with excess folds of skin especially on the tummy, hips and limbs. Cosmetic surgery is used to remove this excess skin and make your obesity surgery worth it.


Typically ten months after the surgery, around 1 in 12 people develop gall stones. These stones are made of cholesterol and form in the gall bladder. There are no notable symptoms that indicate the formation of gallstones. They become trapped in a duct and cause irritation and inflammation in the bladder.

Psychological effects

There are a number of psychological effects of rapid weight loss. The very first is the feeling of extreme happiness! The improvements in your overall appearance are very appealing and it puts you on the top of the world. Many of the health related issues are sorted out and you feel at ease due to drastic improvement in your quality of life too.

It's important to note that it could take months for patients to resume their daily activities and would be required to be on a liquid diet following the surgery. Solid food will be introduced slowly a per the doctor's recommendation.

Overall, weight loss is essential for health and happiness, but surgery will only be considered for those who have tried all other means such as exercise, diet control and medications. Surgical interventions are always considered as the final option. You should discuss all your non-surgical treatment options before you decide. The potential benefits of this surgery greatly outweigh the risks depending on the overall health and lifestyle of the patient.

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