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December 10, 2009

Weight Loss Surgery – Should I?

Weight loss surgery, or gastric bypass, involves stapling the abdomomen to make a small stomach pouch. The remainder of the stomach is not removed, but stapled shut. The small stomach is connected to the small intestine so that your large stomach is unused. This makes you less hungry, and fuller by eating smaller portions. Weight loss surgery has many risks and benefits.

Benefits

1. Eat less – An obvious benefit to weight loss surgery is the fact that you are no longer as hungry and so you lose weight. As long as you eat the right foods you should be able to rapidly lose weight. On average a successful patient loses between 70 and 80% of their access weight.

2. Cures other things – With weight loss surgery, some other food related issues can improve or even be resolved completely. Some of these conditions are diabetes, sleep apnea, asthma, urinary stress incontinence, gastro esophageal reflux, dyslipidaemia, and hypertension.

3. Reduce death risk – With weight loss surgery your risk of dying from being obese lessens by up to 895.

Risks

1. Death – The worst risk when it comes to the weight loss surgery, is dying during the operation. This is extremely rare. Statistics say 0% of people die during or soon after weight loss surgery because of its rarity.

2. Lacking Iron and Calcium – Unfortunately with Bariatric surgery the duodenum(the 1st part of the small intestine) is bypassed and results in reduced absorption of iron and calcium into your body. This may consequently increase your chance of getting iron deficiency anemia. Osteoporosis is already a high risk for women after menopause, so women should be warned by the potential for heightened bone calcium loss.

3. “Dumping syndrome” – Dumping Syndrome is another risk in weight loss surgery. This is when the stomach empties its contents into the small intestine too quickly. It is more commonly triggered when either too much sugar or too much food is consumed. Although this is not serious to your health, the symptoms are unpleasant. Some patients cannot eat sugar after the surgery because of “dumping syndrome.”

Although weight loss surgery may seem like a good option, there are a lot of risks to consider which are associated with weight loss surgery. It is important to mull over both the risks and benefits before choosing.

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