Is Bariatric Surgery Safe | Understanding The Pros And Cons

Jan 30, 2023

It’s completely normal to have concerns about the procedure, results or post-surgery risks when it comes to bariatric surgery or any other. Understanding the benefits and risks of bariatric or weight-loss surgery will help you better decide if it is safe for you or not.

Cons of Bariatric Surgery

A person will need bariatric surgery when they are obese. Not opting for surgery means you choose to live with obesity. If we compare the risks of living with obesity, which includes complications linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, sleeping disorders, and high chances of early death, to that of bariatric surgery, in that case, a weight-loss procedure is the safe option.

Some of the risks associated with bariatric surgery are kidney stone formation, dumping syndrome, weight loss lower than expected, or weight regain.

Pros of Bariatric Surgery

However, if you’re among those patients who can fulfill the commitment to consistent weight loss after bariatric surgery, you’ll witness a major improvement in your overall health. Getting back to healthy body weight can help get rid of sleep apnea, improve hypertension, and reverse type ll diabetes, leading to an increased and healthier life.

Reduced Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Data presented at the 2018 American Society for Metabolic Surgery provides further evidence that weight loss surgery can help reduce the risk of coronary artery disease.

Improved Quality of Life

Other than increasing your levels of physical activity, bariatric surgery increases your confidence, sexuality, and social interactions, while decreasing the feeling of anxiety and depression.

Bariatric Surgery Among the Safest Surgical Procedures

While any surgery has potential risks linked to it, bariatric surgery is one of the safest surgeries patients can undergo. When we compare it to other weight loss surgeries, bariatric surgery is equal to or safer than them.

Procedures like roux-en-y gastric bypass and vertical sleeve gastrectomy are laparoscopic surgeries that minimize the chance of complications.

A laparoscopic approach makes use of a thin tube, small surgical tools, and a camera which are inserted inside your abdomen with very tiny incisions. This minimally invasive surgical technique reduces the healing time, limits scarring, minimizes post-surgery pain, and reduces your stay at the hospital.

What is the success rate of bariatric surgery?

It’s possible to reduce your excess weight by 30 to 50 % in the first 6 months and 77 % of excess weight as early as twelve months after the procedure.

Contact Our Bariatrics Team

At Nova Bariatrics & Minimally Invasive Surgery, our expert surgeon Dr. Alibhai has performed several successful surgeries over the years. Extensive experience means better results and reduced risks or postoperative complications.

We always encourage our patients to discuss their concerns with us before deciding if bariatric surgery is safe for them. Our team is always ready and available to help you in every step of your journey to weight loss. You can visit one of our conveniently located offices nearest to you or call us at (469) 639-0953.

Request a consultation today and take your first step toward a better and healthier you.

Dr. Mustafa H. Alibhai

Dr. Alibhai, a board-certified general surgeon, passionately leads Nova Bariatrics and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Formerly an Assistant Professor at McGovern Medical School, he’s a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. His academic journey includes a Bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University, Medical School at UT Southwestern, and residencies at UT Southwestern. Specializing further, he completed Bariatric and Robotic Fellowships, advancing surgical techniques with a focus on patient well-being.

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