Risks of Gastric Bypass
The Risks of Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery has a number of benefits, especially when it comes to weight loss and weight control. The process has proven to be quite useful weight loss and controlling obesity among a large number of patients. Moreover, the new innovations in the surgical practices have seen the amount of scarring reduced significantly as more laparoscopic surgeries are preferred.
However, it is well-known that gastric bypass surgery is not for everyone. One needs to be adequately checked by their doctor to qualify for the surgery. Moreover, the surgery is not without risks. In fact, quite a number of studies have been conducted into the issue and the results of the research on the risks of gastric bypass surgery are quite evident.
The risks of gastric bypass surgery are divided in two main categories: long-term risks and short-term risks. Though the short-term risks of gastric bypass surgery are much higher than previously thought, the long term risks may be much more serious.
One of the associated risks of gastric bypass involves the risk of death within a thirty day period. Though this is a very, very low percentage, it is still a possiblity. However, the same study also shows that the candidates for the surgery are more likely to die from obesity-related causes than the procedure itself.
Another associated risk is the scarring involved with the procedure. Depending on the recommended type of surgery, as well as the surgeon’s qualifications, one may have deal with mild to moderate scarring. Though a number of surgeons use laparoscopic gastric bypass now, a number still use the traditional procedure which results in more scarring than the former procedure. However, the skill of the surgeon will also count as to the extent of scarring.
Wound infection is another risk of gastric bypass surgery. If this problem does result, it may require long-term treatment. In most cases, the treatment will involve dressing changes. However, no further surgical procedure will be required as most infections heal by themselves.
Some other risks of gastric bypass include stomal ulcer and stomal stenosis. Stomal stenosis can be described as a very tight opening between the stomach and the intestinal bypass. This is easily treated through insertion of a tube through the mouth to the affected area where a balloon is used to stretch the area. A stomal ulcer is normally treated through anti-ulcer medication as prescribed by a doctor. Moreover, some preventive ulcer medication may be prescribed by your physician after the surgery to prevent the problem.
Though there are some associated risks of gastric bypass as with any other surgery, the overall benefits far outweigh the risks. Moreover, without the procedure, the risk of death in dangerously obese patients who are recommeded for the surgery, in both short term and long term would be far higher.
There are a few other risks of gastric bypass surgery which you can get a more in depth look at in some of our other articles. However, though this article states many complications concerning the operation, there are risks invovled in any major surgeries. This information is just to inform the patient so they can talk with their doctor on an informed basis.