Weight Loss Surgery is probably one of the most profound changes a weight loss patient can make in their lives. A Gastric Sleeve surgery or a Gastric Bypass surgery is obviously a challenging daily life adjustment in requiring the weight loss patient to change not only general habits but also change the way they approach life in general. Many people ask, what are the pros and cons of having weight loss surgery, and below we will discuss both the pros and cons.
During the time patients are deciding to have a weight loss procedure, some of the patients experience emotional matters caused by the stress of their family or friends, the added pressure of choosing between having or not having the surgery, especially when they do not understand or know about the pros or cons of having weight loss surgery.
The reality is that obese patients at times try to make a good decision to improve their health rather than just changing their appearance or look. As such, it is important that the weight loss patient should be supported and congratulated as they are about to make the first step to change their lives.
There are great pros or benefits and also cons that patients should consider when considering Weight Loss Surgery:
- Patient should live longer
- Patient’s quality of life should improve
- Patient should experience less sleep apnea
- Patient should experience less joint-related problems
- Patient’s risk of cardiovascular disease is typically reduced
- The weight loss surgery can improve issues with acid reflux
- Weight loss surgery usually leads to the fastest, most dramatic results. In 6 months, as much as 50% of total weight loss can take place.
- With the rapid weight loss comes rapid recovery from a variety of weight –related medical problems.
- Weight loss surgery is usually effective for long term weight loss and reduction of weight –related conditions
- Weight loss surgery is minimally invasive
- Weight loss surgery carries, as do all surgeries, the risk of bleeding and infection
- Weight loss surgery carries risks associated with general anesthesia
- Weight loss surgery carries risks associated with medical conditions such as blood clots, liver disease, heart disease and kidney stones
- Weight loss surgery increases fertility in women so patients should not become pregnant for at least 12 or 18 months after surgery
- Some patients experience psychologically and mentally effects such as depression by not handling the changes in life that will follow surgery
- Hair loss (not permanent)
- Sagging skin (fixable with a plastic surgeon)
- Social relationship changes
- Side effects after surgery such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Risks of not absorbing enough nutrients – Malnutrition
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Bleeding ulcers
Weight loss surgery is not the easy way out and life after weight loss surgery is not always an easy one, but it is also not an impossible one either. Patients usually take a few months to get settled in and understand their surgeries and the change it has on their lives. After a few months life typically gets back to normal. Overweight patients should take the step of having weight loss surgery after a careful analysis of the pros and cons with regards to their lives. By taking this choice seriously and consciously understanding the options they have the patient can determine the best weight loss procedure for their health and their goals. The patient must keep in mind that they will be expected to change their lifestyle habits, committing to a new diet and a regular exercise program.
For more information regarding Clinics/ Hospitals and Weight Loss Options mentioned in this article:
Weight Loss Team – Bariatric Surgery Center at the CMQ Family of Hospitals in Puerto Vallarta Mexico.
Telephone: Toll free 1(800) 404-9064 or + 1(818) 949-6911