Gastric Bypass Dangers
For those who weigh more than 50 pounds, losing the weight may seem difficult but feasible. For some who are overweight more than 100 pounds, the task seems significantly more daunting. For others, it may seem to be completely impossible.
Many of these people start to feel desperate, and if you’re one of them you probably know what I’m talking about. If you do the math, it means that losing weight at a healthy rate of 2 to 3 pounds per week means that it will take approximately 2 years to lose about 100 pounds, allowing for minor plateaus and setbacks.
Not surprisingly a number of people are starting to look to other alternatives to lose the weight.
One of these alternatives is gastric bypass surgery. While gastric bypass surgery is not always the wrong choice, it quite commonly is, and comes with a number of dangers.
A number of the people who decide to try this surgery do so out of desperation and because they don’t think that they can actually make their diet/lifestyle work.
Before you make the decision, it’s good to know what things to be aware of prior to having it:
Before Explaining Gastric Bypass Dangers, It’s Important To Ask:
What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?
Gastric bypass surgery is one in a growing number of weight loss surgeries that include permanent alterations to your digestive system. Originally, gastric bypass surgery was only allowed as a last resort. When I grew up, in fact, it was relatively unheard of. But increasingly, as our obesity epidemic grew, doctors started prescribing it more and more to the point that it is now quite common-place.
Some, unfortunately, see it as the only alternative after failing for years on the dangerous nutrition recommendations propagated by their trusted health care professionals.
The problem is that the surgery does not address emotional, mental, as well as other dietary reasons that the weight came on to begin with. Furthermore, for many people following conventional nutrition recommendations (low-fat/carbohydrate rich diets), they still haven’t been given the information to address the root cause of their problems.
What Does The Procedure Include?
The precise specifics depend on an individual situation. In some cases part of the stomach is invasively sealed off from the rest of the stomach so that you can only eat approximately 1 pound of food at a time as compared to the normal 3 pints of food. The small intestine is then attached to that pouch.
Another form involves cutting out approximately 80% of the stomach while shortening the intestine and connecting the small intestine to the stomach while bypassing the larger intestine.
Yet another involves putting an inflatable band around the top of the stomach creating a tightening how it may have to be altered from time to time.
What are the Risks of Gastric Bypass Surgery?
The Mayo Clinic, among other things, includes the risks of gastric bypass surgery. Here are some of the short-term risks:
- blood clots
- leaky gut syndrome
- excessive bleeding
- and sometimes even death.
The above-mentioned risks are primarily for the short term. In addition, number of complications can develop later on including:
- stomach perforation
- bile obstruction
- chronic diarrhea
- chronic pain
- and sometimes even death.
One particular problem is that gastric bypass surgery is not reversible in most cases. Even the most simple procedures of gastric bypass include a number of dangers.
Assuming you’ve tried the eat less/move more fallacy of most weight-loss recommendations, you’re most likely frustrated beyond all measure (I know that I was).
The good news is that there is hope available through learning to eat the real food we were designed to eat without feeling hungry or deprived.
Whatever you’re considering to lose weight, I hope the above information helps.
“Risks of Gastric Bypass Surgery,” Mayo Clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gastric-bypass/my00825/dsection=risks (2012).