Gastric Bypass Surgery Risks
Before getting carried away with the idea of weight loss surgery, assessing the gastric bypass surgery risks that accompany the operation is a very big pre-requisite. Given the nature of weight loss surgery, many naturally think it’s the best and most convenient way for them to lose weight. However, the procedure does come with its fair share of risks so even if does provide the best hope for relief from the many tortures of obesity, it is something that remains to be properly evaluated before a decision is made.
So what are some of the more serious gastric bypass surgery risks that prospective patients need to weigh into their decision-making process? Here are the more important considerations:
•Infection. This is common to every major surgical procedure requiring more than a few stitches. Post-operation, extreme care has to be taken to make sure that the wounds are dry and clean so there are no opportunities for infection to set in. In many cases, the care of a registered nurse may be required to dress the wounds and make sure they remain sterile and free from potential contamination. This period can last for up to 3 weeks depending on how fast the healing process progresses.
•Leakage. Leakage occurs when the stitches that bind the modified esophageal tract do not fully close leading to instances when food can “leak out” from the digestive tract. Leakage can occur for two reasons: first, the stitches were not done properly, or second the patient ate solid foods too soon disrupting the still healing stitches. The first can be mitigated by choosing only a qualified and experienced surgeon while the second can be managed by closely sticking to a prescribed diet plan that bans solid foods until 4 weeks after the procedure.
•The lifestyle change afterwards. Perhaps one of the largest gastric bypass surgery risks is the lifestyle change that follows the procedure. This lifestyle change requires a massive commitment from the patient. What’s more, that commitment has to last for a life time since gastric bypass is a non-reversible procedure. Agreeing to undergo bypass surgery means that a patient is prepared to make all the necessary sacrifices that follows post-surgery.
The most important change has to do with an altered diet that requires smaller portions and more frequent meals. Because the digestive tract can no longer retain a significant volume of food, smaller portions are required by the body to get the needed nutrition in this new state. Post-surgery, a patient has to fully embrace this change in diet to be successful in their weight loss goals without taking on any additional complications like malnutrition, mal-absortive disorders, or excessive weight loss among others.
Know these gastric bypass surgery risks well before making the decision. Instead of focusing on the benefits, give time to assess your emotional and mental readiness to embrace the challenges that arise post-surgery so you can give your body the best chance of success in your weight loss journey to health and wellness.