Gastric Bypass Surgery Statistics
Every year the numbers grow for people having gastric bypass surgery. With technological advances in medicine and medical equipment, the operation is getting safer all the time. The success rate is getting higher and the complication rates are going down. However, it is still a major surgery and as with any major surgery there will always be risks involved. If you are reading this article you may be a person considering to have this surgery yourself. In this article we will try to give you a little basic information about the operation, the recovery period and a few of the gastric bypass surgery statistics.
There are other types of bypass surgery, but the two routinely used by surgeons are the open bypass and the laparoscopic bypass. The laparoscopic bypass is the less invasive and has a better success rate than the open surgery. The reason it has a better success rate is because it requires only six very small incisions. Although the open surgery only requires one, it is a much larger and more intrusive. This requires more recovery time in the hospital and a greater chance for complications to occur. Laparoscopic bypass is usually the best way to go, however there are individuals who for various medical reasons can not have this particular surgery and may have to choose one of the other options. Your physician will give you both a physical and a mental evaluation and suggest which surgery best suits your particular condition. This is his job and his specialty, so his advice should be adhered to.
As you probably know, there are complications that come with the surgery, some of them very serious. I going to give you a short list of some of the risks involved. Many of these risks are not inherent to a gastric bypass, but are risks that go with any major surgery that you undertake. Here they are the most prevalent gastric bypass surgery statistics in order of their percentage of occurrence.
1 - Chance of leakage developing – 4-5%
2 - Chance of ulcers - 4%
3 - Chance of hernias – 2.2%
4 - Chance of gallstones – 2 %
5 - Chance for stomal stenosis -1.5%
6 - Chance of death - .7%
7 - Chance of blood clots .7%
8 - Chance of severe infection - .5%
If you are a person who is severely overweight and have failed at diet plans and other self help methods, a gastric bypass may be a logical option, especially if your obesity is causing other serious health problems such as diabetes or hypertension. All your medical problems will be examined very closely by your doctor before he makes a decision whether or not you are a candidate.
As stated earlier, your doctor will give you a series of both physical and mental evaluations. The physical test will make sure organs such as your heart and lungs are up to the operation. The mental test will be more for after the operation. There are people who have trouble mentally adjusting to their new body weight, especially if they have been obese their whole life. Others may not be mentally up to the program and what it consists of. The surgery itself is just a small portion of a gastric bypass. Your mind and body must be committed to a change in lifestyle that must be carried on for the rest of your life. Although the pros outweigh the cons in most instances, there will still be many negative factors you must be ready to deal with. Many people can deal with these factors in a positive manner, while others can not.
This article on gastric bypass statistics has hopefully been helpful in giving you a few things to consider while making your decision. Though some seem worrisome, remember that 80% of bypass patients lose their weight and have lot better outlook and chance at a healthy normal life. Learn all you can about the surgery, but if you are under a doctor's care you should always listen attentively to his counseling.