Gastric Bypass Reversal

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Today we live in a society where thin is undeniably in. In fact, being thin is so popular that there is a lot of money to be made on the weight loss market. However, if you are considering drastic measures when it comes to losing weight, it is important that you consider and try all of your healthy options first. Drugs and surgeries can have negative side effects that far outweigh any benefits associated with weight lost. In cases of serious complications a gastric bypass reversal may even be needed.

Nevertheless, gastric bypass surgeries are still far more popular now than they were thirty years ago. Many people see surgery as an easy way to lose weight or as a means of forcing the development of self control, and while gastric bypass surgery can certainly be an effective way to lose weight, it is also a very dangerous way. People who undergo the surgery can experience complications, both during and in the months after the surgery.

Even if there are no complications with the initial surgery, many patients do not realize that much of the work done in surgery is permanent. Gastric bypass reversal is a misleading term for the procedure that attempts to fix some of the damage done during bypass surgery. While there are a few things surgeons can do in an attempt to make your digestive tract more normal, the truth is that it will never be the same again.

You should also remember if you do get something close to the results you are hoping for from your gastric bypass reversal, the risks for complications are as great or greater than they were with your standard gastric bypass surgery. It is important to keep in mind that the purpose of your digestive tract is to break down living tissue; each time you undergo surgery in this region, you are putting yourself at risk for leakage of fluids and severe, life-threatening infection.

Additionally, bypass surgery involves a shortening of the digestive track, whereas a gastric bypass reversal involves lengthening it. During the first surgery, there is much more tissue to work with if a mistake is made. However, in attempting to reverse the surgery, the surgeon has much less tissue left to work with and much less room for error (or rather a greater potential for serious damage if an error is made).

If you are considering becoming a gastric bypass patient, you should not only know how difficult and dangerous the surgery is, but also that it is not completely reversible, and that the process of a gastric bypass reversal is just as dangerous as the initial bypass surgery. You should only consider surgery as an option if you have tried healthier ways of losing weight and if your weight is at least as life-threatening as surgery.

If you have already had bypass surgery and are considering “reversal” surgery, keep in mind the risk involved and the pain that went along with your initial surgery. You should only consider gastric bypass reversal if your life is at risk because of a serious problem in the way your digestive tract is functioning. For example, if you are showing signs of particularly detrimental malnutrition, a reversal procedure may be right for you. Just remember that you will be having another serious surgical procedure, and you should not do so unless it is absolutely necessary.

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