Despite risks, undergoing weight loss surgery would be safer than living with obesity, according to researchers.
According to Christopher Still, D.O., director of the Geisinger Centre for Nutrition and Weight Management, the risk associated with bariatric weight-loss surgery pale in comparison to the health complications that can be caused by obesity.
AdvertisementBariatric surgery can help obese individuals significantly reduce their body weight and can improve a patient's overall health.
"Some obesity-related conditions can be fatal, and others require chronic medication and treatment," said Still.
"With the help of bariatric surgery, medical complications caused by obesity can be eliminated, and patients can enjoy a much healthier life," he added.
In addition to eliminating medical complications, bariatric surgery can help patients feel more in control of their lives. Many patients can perform daily tasks they were unable to accomplish before their weight loss, including driving, walking, exercising and yard work. Many times, bariatric surgery prompts patients to develop new, healthier habits.
"The benefits of bariatric surgery are much greater than simply losing a few pounds," said Still.
"After surgery, patients are able to reclaim their health and their lives," Still added.