Benefits and Risks
Advantages of Bariatric Surgery
The results of bariatric surgery are dramatic. Immediately following surgery, most patients lose weight rapidly. Generally, patients lose up to 80% of their excess weight within a year. Of course, the results vary. Some of our patients have lost more, and most maintain their weight loss.
Patients love the confidence and self-esteem they gain when they lose weight, but most agree that there is a greater benefit - gaining more quality years with loved ones.
Surgery improves most obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, heart disease and many orthopedic conditions. This leads to improved health, improved quality of life, and a longer life expectancy.
Risks of Bariatric Surgery
A certain amount of risk comes with any operation. Moreover, morbidly obese patients are at somewhat greater risk of complications than surgical patients without co-morbidities are. Our surgeons have outstanding records and take many steps to reduce the likelihood of complications.
Still, even with the best of surgeons, problems cannot always be avoided.
Very rare complications may include blood clots, wound infection, staple line disruption (if staples are used), leakage of staple lines, vomiting, abdominal abscesses, small bowel obstruction, hair loss, development of ulcers, low calcium levels, low iron levels and adhesion.
History of Bariatric Surgery
After decades of refinement, bariatric surgery is a lifesaver for the morbidly obese. When introduced in the 1950's, bariatric surgery involved bypassing the intestine. The procedure was largely discontinued in the 1970's due to complications. Today, the Roux-en-Y bariatric surgery is a safe and effective operation that is performed routinely.