Driving away the fears about weight loss surgery

It is not that all who consider themselves obese can be considered for weight loss surgery. Those who are obese but have possibilities of reducing weight through dieting and exercise should try out the established procedures before deciding on surgery. Moreover, the fears associated with surgery in general and bariatric surgery in particular can make people averse to invasive surgical procedures. 

Whether or not to have a bariatric surgery is to be decided by a doctor only as it is a life altering decision that can have long term effects.  Those who are suffering from obesity that is clinically severe, there is no option but to go for surgery for effective weight reduction.  But before asking the patient to go under the knife it is extremely important that he/she is adequately educated by the doctor about the procedure and its consequences.  This is essential to counter the myths surrounding bariatric surgery and also to allow the patient to be well informed and have realistic expectations.

The goals of bariatric surgery

Severe obesity can result in various life threatening ailments like diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure and heart attack. The purpose of weight loss surgery is not only to shed away the extra pounds forever so that the slim and trim looks are restored but it is also aimed at to eradicate the diseases that result from it.  A healthier life with good looks is what you can expect from bariatric surgery.

Misconception about metabolic surgery

The mostly heard misconception about bariatric surgery also known as metabolic surgery is that the chance of dying from surgery is much more than the chance of dying from the diseases associated with obesity.  There are a lot of apprehensions about life after surgery, too. It is interesting to explore how much truth there is in this belief. 

The actual story

Obese people have large body sizes and the larger is your body the lesser you are going to live. This supported by the fact that obese people are afflicted by one or more of life threatening disease like type 2 diabetes, heart attack, high blood pressure and obstructive sleep apnea, just to name a few. Obviously, surviving for long by overcoming the diseases can be quite daunting. 

In a survey done among 60,000 patients from the American Society of Metabolics and Bariatric Surgery there is only 0.13 percent chance of death within a month (30 days) of weight loss surgery. This translates into one patient dying for every 1,000 patients. This figure is far low as compared to the post surgical deaths from hip replacement surgery and gall bladder surgery.

Findings from other studies have revealed that the risks of dying  for any reason for bariatric patients who have undergone bariatric surgery is  far less than the risk of  people dying from obesity. The mortality rates after bariatric surgery have been found to be reduced by 89 percent and the mortality rates due to specific diseases are also significantly lowered.

Weighed against the mortality factor, the benefits of bariatric surgery are much more attractive for healthy living and long life.

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