Safety & Effectiveness of Weight Loss Surgery (Bariatric Surgery)
Bariatric surgery is the most effective weight-loss therapy for the morbidly obese. The result of the surgery is well acceptable and has made this surgery safe for the morbidly obese. The first follow-up has to occur within a month after surgery.
Studies have shown that bariatric surgery is the most effective weight-loss therapy for the morbidly obese. Morbid obesity is defined as a BMI>40 kg/m2
. Most of the weight loss occurs in the first 1 to 2 years after surgery. Loss of weight will bring down medical problems associated with obesity.
An ideal weight need not be attained after bariatric surgery. A 50 to 60% of excess body weight is sufficient to declare the surgery to be a success.
Follow-Up after Surgery
A long-term follow-up is always required. The first follow-up has to occur within a month after surgery when the doctor evaluates oral intake, tolerance to food, the status of the wounds (progress of healing) and weight loss. With time, the frequency of visits decreases. The advice from your nutritionist is to be tightly adhered to. Vitamin supplements are often required.
A commitment to staying healthy for life is an absolute must.