There are many risks involved with removing part of the stomach.
With 73 percent of the country overweight or obese, people are taking drastic measures to lose weight, and gastric bypass surgery is becoming more and more common. Bariatric surgery is a last resort for those having trouble losing weight. It involves taking out a part of the stomach so the body gets fuller faster. There are many risks involved because it changes the anatomy of the body. Although many lose a lot of weight from the surgery, some continue to overeat, re-stretching the stomach and causing even more problems.
Who should get bariatric surgery? According to the Mayo Clinic only those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher should even begin to consider weight loss surgery. Those with a BMI of 35 to 39 may have the option of weight loss surgery only if they suffer from one or more obesity-related illnesses like diabetes or heart disease. However, bariatric surgery is not an easy fix. It is a last resort that results in the possibility of nutrient deficiency and the need to follow a very strict diet.
Risk of bariatric surgery Like all major surgeries, gastric bypass has several possible complications that can include bleeding, infection and an anesthetic reaction. In addition to standard complications, this surgery might result in nutrient deficiencies, dehydration, gallstones, extreme indigestion, hypoglycemia and internal bleeding stomach ulcers.
Some rare, but unpleasant side effects include shrinking of the opening between the small intestine and stomach, which requires corrective surgery. Another side effects is dumping syndrome, which is when contents from the stomach move thru the small intestines too quickly, causing nausea, vomiting and profuse sweating..
Bariatric surgery is only recommended for those who are severely obese. In general, there is a higher risk in surgery among people who are morbidly obese than people who are not. Older patients have the highest mortality rate. Patients ages 65 and older recovering from bariatric surgery have a 7 percent mortality rate within their first three months of leaving the hospital. After 75, the rate increases to about 20 percent.
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