Is weight loss surgery safe? That’s the first thing many patients ask when they are considering bariatric surgery. It is a completely normal concern to have. Lets look at the risk and the benefits of weight loss surgery to help you decide if it might be right for you.
Risk of Bariatric Surgery
Compared to the risks of living with obesity, including complications related to sleep apnea, hypertension, and diabetes and the increased risk of premature death, the risks of bariatric surgery are minimal.
While it will depend on the type of bariatric surgery you choose, some of the potential risks include dumping syndrome, kidney stones, and not losing the desired amount of weight, or regaining weight.
Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
On the other hand, most patients who choose to undergo weight loss surgery make a commitment to sustained weight loss. These patients see a significant improvement in their overall health. In fact, achieving a healthier weight can eliminate sleep apnea, reverse type 2 diabetes, and improve high blood pressure. All these things can lead to a longer, healthier life for you.
In addition to these benefits, patients who experience weight loss often see a boost in their self esteem and social life, which leads to a happier, healthier life.
Is Weight Loss Surgery Safe
While any surgical procedure has risks, bariatric surgery has been found to be one of the safest surgeries. Furthermore, many weight loss procedures can be performed laparoscopically which further reduces the risks of complications.
Laparoscopic surgeries have been shown to cut down recovery time, reduce hospital stays, limit scarring and decrease post-operative pain.
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If you are interested in weight loss surgery, but concerned about the risks, please contact Maryland Bariatrics to learn more about your options. We would love to put your concerns to rest.