Is weight loss surgery safe?
As with all operations, obesity surgery does entail a risk of complications, such as internal bleeding, blood clots, and wound infections. In addition, all intestinal surgery runs the risk of creating a blockage or adhesions. What’s more, most weight loss surgery is irreversible and so you will have to live with the side effects for the rest of your life. These can include a need for vitamin and mineral supplements, and radical changes in your eating habits.
If the surgery is successful, you may also have to deal with excess skin due to rapid weight loss, and this can mean further surgery and further risk.
Duodenal Switch surgery carries further unpleasant side effects as a result of the changes in fat absorption in the body. These can include unpleasant wind and severe diarrhoea.
Not the easy way out
Weight loss surgery should not be viewed as an easy answer to losing weight. Because of the risks associated with the procedures it should be seen as a last resort, and only considered once you’ve exhausted all possible alternatives. Your GP, hospital specialist, or private medical practitioner will discuss the possibility of surgery with you in detail, to ensure you understand the implications and the risks involved, before they agree to the procedure.
In some cases however, where severe obesity is having an adverse effect on health and can itself become life threatening, obesity surgery is often the lesser of two evils.