Now that more than 2 out of 3 adults are overweight or obese in America, it is no surprise that more and more people are seeking options to change their lifestyles and improve their health. One option many people are considering? Weight loss surgery. If a friend or loved one is considering this surgery, you may have many questions about the possible risks. If you are considering this surgery for yourself, it is even more important that you make yourself aware of what the benefits are, and what can go wrong.
Every surgery has its risks, but choosing to have weight loss surgery comes with a specific set of possible side effects that you need to be aware of and prepared for. For one, your body will no longer absorb nutrients as well so you will have to start supplementing that nutrition with pills and shots. You also have to change the way you eat for life. When you do lose the weight, there is still a potential of regaining it and you may have sagging skin to deal with.
Being aware of all these risks, why would something choose to have an elective surgery? Well, weight loss surgery also has numerous benefits. While you may be taking more vitamins, you may be able to rely less on medication you were taking while obese. Weight loss surgery also lowers your risk of developing diabetes, having asthma attacks, and can even lengthen your life span.
Still curious about the pros and cons of weight loss surgery? Check out this infographic from Angeles Health.