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The Risks of Bariatric Surgery
More and more people are turning to weight loss surgery in order to win the battle of the bulge that our country has been facing over the years. With that said, however, it’s important to note that weight loss surgery is an involved operation. As with any surgical procedure, a certain amount of risk is involved. A skilled Connecticut bariatric surgeon here at our practice will work diligently to ensure that you receive the best care possible, but it’s important that patients have a realistic idea of what to expect from weight loss surgery.
Weight Loss Surgery Safety
In general, weight loss surgery is very safe. Few patients experience major complications and often lose weight effectively and without any undue discomfort or side effects. In fact, Connecticut LAP-BAND® surgery is reversible, at least more so than gastric bypass surgery. Even with that in mind, many patients undergo gastric bypass surgery without any mishaps.
Potential Risks and Side Effects of Surgery
There are many risks of bariatric surgery to consider, and many of them are actually similar to the risks and complications that are linked to other types of surgery. Some of these include:
Unique to weight loss surgery are a few complications that can be quite serious. One is the leakage of stomach and intestinal fluids, both of which can result in internal injury and infection. Some patients may actually develop gallstones as a result of surgery as well. A final risk to consider from surgery is poor nutrient absorption following surgery, which is of particular concern after gastric bypass surgery.
Lifestyle Changes That Present Possible Complications
Even if your recover from surgery and experience no adverse side effects from the surgery itself, you may notice some difficulties in your lifestyle after bariatrics. One possible difficulty is dumping syndrome, which can result in cramping, sweating, nausea, diarrhea, and general discomfort. Developing ulcers is also common for some patients. And of course, you will need to acclimate yourself to new eating habits and some dietary restrictions as well.
Our bariatric surgery team in New Haven will go over all these concerns and lifestyle issues in greater detail so that your life after surgery will be as easy and worry-free as possible.
Weigh the Risks and Benefits Together
Yet despite all of the potential risks that people face from bariatric surgery, you’ll note that people still undergo the procedures. That’s because in many cases, the benefits do outweigh the risks. With support from your family, friends, and out entire surgical team, you will likely also find that a healthier new lifestyle is worth the changes you go through. Of course, it’s important that you weigh your many options so that you make the best decision for you.
Schedule a Consultation for Weight Loss Surgery
To learn more about gastric banding surgery and gastric bypass surgery, be sure to contact our New Haven weight loss surgery center today.
Elmer Valin MD
330 Orchard St., Suite 111
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: (203) 867-5508
Fax: (203) 867-5509
Mondays: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuesdays: 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Wednesdays: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM to 4:40 PM
Fridays: 8:00 to 11:00 AM
Post Operative Support Group
3rd Thursday of the month
6:00 to 7:30 pm
Call @ (203) 606-4949