You’re contemplating the idea of undergoing weight loss surgery to get rid of unhealthy pounds, but you’re worried about whether this type of intervention is safe.
Weight loss surgery is just that — surgery — and it’s important to understand that all surgical interventions come with potential risks. That said, not undergoing bariatric surgery may place you in far greater danger, which is a vital point to consider.
To help you better understand whether weight loss surgery is a safe route for you, our team of bariatric experts here at Weight Loss Institute of Arizona present the following points. We believe that weighing both sides of the equation is important, and we want you to have the information you need to make a decision with which you’re comfortable.
If you’re considering bariatric surgery, the odds are good that you’re doing so for your health. The complications that stem from having obesity are very serious and often life-threatening. For example, the following conditions are associated with obesity:
Again, these are just a few of the many examples in which weight can affect your health. In fact, severe obesity can reduce life expectancy by an estimated 5-20 years.
The takeaway here is that not taking steps to lose weight may place you at far greater risk than a surgical intervention to remedy the problem.
Surgeries across the board have become far safer in recent decades thanks to minimally invasive surgical techniques — techniques that we use when we perform bariatric surgery. Using laparoscopy, we only need to make small incisions to do the work, which minimizes your risk for infection, collateral tissue damage, and recovery time.
When it comes to weight loss surgery, the risks that you should be aware of include:
Some of these risks can be offset through management, such as nutritional supplements, while others require laparoscopic revision surgery to correct the issue.
Of the 200,000 bariatric surgeries performed in the United States each year, the gastric sleeve is the most popular, accounting for more than 60% of weight loss surgeries. This represents a sizable change over the past decade — 10 years ago, the more invasive gastric bypass was the leading bariatric surgery.
The reason for the shift is that the gastric sleeve has proven to be more successful, both in terms of weight loss success and risk reduction.
We also offer nonsurgical or minimally invasive bariatric procedures, such as gastric balloons or gastric bands.
Ultimately, the choice to undergo bariatric surgery is yours alone to make, and we’re happy to sit down with you to review which option may be best.
To get started, please contact one of our offices in Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, or Phoenix, Arizona.