Is bariatric surgery risky?


Bariatric surgery can offer multiple benefits for highly obese patients, and in fact many of them have managed to lose more than 70 kilograms of weight with this procedure. It should be noted that this surgery is not for all types of patients, and yes, it is obviously risky, but we will tell you everything you need to know about it. 

Why is bariatric surgery performed? 

You will agree that having 20 extra kilos is not the same as being 100 kilos above your proper weight, and for the latter patients, bariatric surgery is more convenient, since with excess weight there is a greater risk of potentially having diseases. fatal as cerebrovascular accidents, high blood pressure, NAFLD or ENA, sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes. 

Who can undergo this

Bariatric surgery due to its adjacent risks is not for all cases of overweight. It is particularly used if your body mass index is between 35 and 40 or more, and if you have a serious health problem that is directly related to your weight, such as type 2 diabetes or apnea, and sometimes if you have a body mass of 30 to 34 and related health problems. 

To undergo bariatric surgery Tijuana , you may have to comply with some medical guidelines, which include control of your nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle that ensures that you will not regain the weight that led to the operation. 

It is an expensive surgery, with a slow but sure recovery, so start by finding out if your policy covers it. 

More serious risks of bariatric surgery

Immediate risks after the surgical procedure may include excessive bleeding, infection, blood clots, lung problems, leaks from the gastrointestinal system. 

Long-term risks of surgery include gallstones, hernias, hypoglycemia, reflux, vomiting, malnutrition, and ulcers, although these are all very rare. 

What types of bariatric surgery are there?

In general there are three: The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is the most common, since in it the upper part of the stomach is cut to separate it from the rest and create a reservoir more or less the size of a walnut in which only 28 g of food, while normally the stomach can contain about a liter and a half. 

There is also the gastric sleeve, in which 80% of the stomach is removed, which takes the form of a long tube-shaped bag, also producing a smaller amount of ghrelin, the mischievous hormone that regulates appetite. 

The third surgery is the biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch, in which a procedure similar to gastric sleeve is first performed, and then the end of the intestine is connected to the duodenum near the stomach, thus bypassing most of the intestine. 

Your specialist doctor will help you choose the right operation for you, in addition to telling you all the risks that you may have according to your particular case, so that together, you can have greater security about the procedure. 


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