Although the majority of individuals who have a type of weight loss surgery say their overall health has gotten better, a large number of side effects and visits to the hospital are reported as well, says a new study.
Gastric bypass is a surgery that helps you lose weight by altering the way your stomach and small intestines handle food according the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Your stomach will be smaller after surgery and you will feel full with less food. You still have to eat right and be physical after surgery to stay healthy and keep the weight off so keep that in mind.
Over 1,400 individuals completed surveys who underwent gastric bypass surgery in Denmark between the years of 2006 and 2011. It showed that only 7 percent revealed decreased health after they underwent the surgery but a shocking 89 percent experienced side effects. About 5 years after surgery, side effects such as fatigue and stomach pain were reported while 29 percent were hospitalized.
About 70 percent of the patients sought medical care for their problems and the most common rationale for seeking medical attention was fatigue (34 percent), abdominal pain (34 percent), anemia (28 percent), and gallstones (16 percent), say authors.
Women, those under the age of 35, smokers and the unemployed were those most likely to have side effects after surgery. Patients who also had the most symptoms had an overall lower quality of life which could lead to depression.
Health care providers should focus on quality of life between patients who are having several symptoms to help them prevent depression. “Focus on the [quality of life] among patients with many symptoms may be required since such patients are at risk of depression. Development of new weight-loss treatments with less risk of subsequent symptoms should be a high priority,” study leader Dr. Sigrid Bjerge Gribsholt, from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, and colleagues wrote.
There are already new alternatives to weight loss surgery being developed such as the balloon pill and other devices that aid fat loss. Technology is always advancing so there will be more developments to come to help individuals lose weight fast.
Weight loss can be difficult for anyone especially if you are morbidly obese so gastric bypass surgery may be a better option for you. Diet and exercise is most important so consulting with your physician about a plan to lose weight should be a priority.
If your New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight and stay fit, talk with your doctor today about a weight loss plan that is right for you.
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Source: Gribsholt SB, Pedersen AM, Svensson E, Thomsen RW, Richelsen B. Prevalence of Self-reported Symptoms After Gastric Bypass Surgery for Obesity. JAMA Surg. 2016.