Is Bariatric Surgery Safe

By Dr. Atul N.C. Peters in Laparoscopic / Minimal Access Surgery

Dec 21 , 2021 | 2 min read

Bariatric Surgery has proven to be the most effective measure for the treatment of severe- obesity along with several other co morbidities like type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD) over last several decades. In spite of large volumes of available scientific data which favors the safety and efficacy of bariatric surgery, there is an unknown fear in the mind whether to undergo bariatric surgery or not. The following paragraph highlights few tips to make us mentally prepare for this.

There are well defined scientific criteria for patients who can undergo Bariatric Surgical Procedure. The guidelines are laid down by renowned scientific Commissions and Bodies and are accepted worldwide. These criteria vary region wise depending upon the habitat and genetic make of the various populations.

The center of excellence for Bariatric surgery like one at Max Smart Saket Hospital, New Delhi has to fulfill stringent requirements to ensure safety and excellent outcomes.

The surgeon who performs bariatric surgery must undergo a defined training program before he or she can perform this procedure safely. Also the complications if any can be effectively taken care of.

During Bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery some changes in the digestive system are made in order to aid the weight loss process. This surgery is done by either Laparoscopic or by robotic technique. Because of it, either intake of food or the absorption of food from the intestines is reduced. Also there is elevation of certain useful hormones in the body which helps in weight loss process and resolution or control of metabolic conditions like uncontrolled type 2 diabetes mellitus. After the surgery, there are few dietary modifications advised by the Bariatrician ,as well as a fixed exercise regimen is advised to ensure the long-term success of the bariatric surgery.

Weight loss journey is long and gradual process.

After surgery, there is rapid weight loss during the first six months, but later, weight loss will gradually slow down and it may take a year before one achieves the desired weight.

It is also important to have a support system like family members, friends or other patients are helpful during the ups and down after this procedure.

After Bariatric Surgery, the stomach is smaller and sometimes the intestines are also bypassed. The food habits have to be modified in accordance with the Bariatric Dietician.

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Intake of excessive alcohol or tobacco is strictly prohibited as this may affect the surgical process and outcomes.

To Summarize, bariatric surgery is just a tool to lose weight. The weight loss procedure takes time and effort and during this period, one has to stay calm and positive. You need to be positive towards weight loss surgery and stay in touch your counselor and the medical team.


Life after Bariatric surgery becomes lot easier if you are prepared to follow all the recommendations of the bariatric surgeon. One can enjoy all the benefits of sustained weight loss, including relief from joint pains, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, etc. The possibility of weight regain is minimal if the simple tips are followed.