If you are considering a procedure to lose weight, it is important to know how much weight you can expect to shed and what your risks are. Weight loss surgery can be done in many different ways. Each method has varying risks and costs. Many of the risks are not known until after the surgery has been completed, but some of the risks that are known include complications, infections and the risk of heart attack.
Most patients who have weight loss surgery do not regain the weight they lost. However, some patients will gain back the weight they lost, while others will stay the same weight after the surgery. This is called a “rebound effect.”
The side effects of weight loss surgery can be very serious if you have any preexisting conditions that can affect the surgery, including diabetes or heart disease. These conditions should be avoided during your recovery period. Even those with healthy lifestyles may experience one or more of the following:
Severe Postoperative Nausea. Your doctor may prescribe strong liquids to help you stay hydrated after the surgery. These should only be used for short periods of time, because overuse of liquids can cause dehydration. You may also experience some discomfort from the surgery itself, but this should subside quickly.
Bleeding – Sometimes the incisions will be in the rectum or the colon. This means that blood may leak onto the tissue under the skin. This blood will generally form a clot and should drain on its own. In rare cases, bleeding may occur. You should contact your doctor immediately if this occurs.
Infection – Usually a bandage will be placed on the area that is being operated on for at least 12 hours. After that, you should avoid anything soft to put on the area. If you do get an infection, it can spread to the other areas of the body. The infection may require treatment by a specialist to kill off the infection and to remove any of the tissue damaged by the surgery. A nurse should always be present to help when treating the infection and to ensure that the wound is kept clean and dry.
Complications are also possible. Some of these include infections of the bowel or urinary tract, infection of the heart valve or a scarring of the skin. However, most complications are not serious, but they can happen.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your doctor before you decide to have weight loss surgery. If you do have questions or concerns, ask the surgeon right away. If you are unsure, you can call the hospital to schedule an appointment with your surgeon so that you can discuss all of your options and talk to your surgeon about your condition.
The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for surgery is to get a general anesthetic and have a physical exam. A physician should examine your physical exam and tell you whether or not you are a good candidate for the surgery. This exam will determine your overall health and ability to keep up with the surgery.
Before you decide to have weight loss surgery, you should also learn about the surgery. You should understand what the risks are, as well as the risks involved in recovery. After the surgery, there may be scarring or bruising. This is normal after weight loss surgery. It is important to discuss these issues with your surgeon so that you know what to expect.
The procedure is permanent, so you should also consider whether the surgery will be covered by insurance. In some cases, a policy will cover the surgery. In other cases, you may have to pay for the surgery out of pocket.
Remember, weight loss surgery is not an option for everyone, but you need to remember that there are ways to deal with the changes that come with aging, illness and obesity. There are many options available and losing weight and living healthier is possible.