When you consider bariatric surgery as a weight loss option, it is natural to be concerned about its safety. So let us start by asking, what is more risky, living with obesity or the risk of surgery. World wide data suggests that the risk of dying a premature death secondary to complications of Diabetes, Hypertension, Sleep apnea and other obesity related illnesses is far higher then risk of bariatric surgery.
Bariatric Surgery today is as safe as undergoing other routine procedures, Like Hysterectomy (uterus removal), Hip replacement, Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (Gall bladder removal etc). What is more important for you to consider is the place of surgery. Bariatric surgery programme needs a multispecialty team i.e. an experienced anesthesiologist, competent surgeon, bariatric physician for after care, trained nursing staff and a well equipped hospital infrastructure. To put it in a nutshell, this is an institutional surgery for optimal outcomes.
Bariatric Surgery is a life changing event that gives patients quality of life and improved longevity. For further improved lifelong results, patients have to bring about life style changes with a regular follow up and disciplined life.
Bariatric Surgery is the last option in management of obesity. Once your doctor decides that you are a candidate for surgery, postponing surgery may only increase your chances of developing comorbical illnesses and their complications.