Weight Loss Surgery: What to Consider
It’s important to consider all the factors when deciding whether weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, is the best method for you to lose a large amount of weight. You may want to share this information with your friends and family too, so they’ll understand some of the issues you face in making this decision.
- Consider that as an obese person, you have a 50-100% increased risk of premature death. Obesity is also linked to heart failure, back pain, bladder problems, gallstones, kidney stones, liver disease, gout, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, increased risk of cancer, complications and infections after surgery, and menstrual irregularity and infertility in women. Obesity can also hamper your ability to get around.
- Remember that weight loss surgery is a surgical procedure, and with it comes risks of complications, anesthesia, infection, etc. Talk with your physician to see if the risks are worth the benefits of surgery.
- Recognize that after weight loss surgery, you will have the responsibility of changing your eating habits and exercising to achieve and maintain your ideal, healthy weight.
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