How safe is weight loss surgery?

Wanna live? If you qualify for weight lose surgery then you should seriously consider it. In the right surgical hands you will do well. Behavior modification is important but can be worked at after surgery because only then do you realize what you need to do to be succesful.
Pretty safe. Short term risks depend on the condition of the patient and the surgeons volume. Generally an experienced surgeon with healthy patients has a 2.7% risk.
Depends. Everything a physician does is potentially risky and decisions are determined by risk vs benefit. Your doctor must answer if your weight/related medical issues are riskier than surgery? Furthermore are you behaviorally prepared to to make such a dramatic lifestyle change? You can completely negate the potential benefit if you do not work on behavior modification.
Weight loss surgery. Yes it is safe if done by an experienced surgeon. It does require a big lifestyle change. No more junk food, sodas, you should eat much fewer carbs, and exercise regularly. It takes work, but the payoff is huge. Risk of death is 1/1000 for gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.

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What are your opinions on weight loss surgery? Are they safe?

Weight loss surgery. can be life saving for some people but should not be approached in a cavalier manner. There are risks and benefits to all medical procedures. Read more...

Is medical tourism safe? I am looking for affordable weight loss surgery abroad?

Depends. You would need to do your research to be sure you are going to a medically very safe place that has a lot of experience. In my mind, the additional concern is who you would see at home if there are any troubles or concerns, or what medical doctor would take over your care and medical management at home. Read more...
Buyer Beware! I would have serious concerns about leaving the country to receive health care, especially if it is solely for financial reasons. In general, you get what you pay for; furthermore, there is nothing more expensive than a complication of surgery. Have you exhausted all options with your insurance carrier? Read more...
Not really. Postop care and education/followup are key to success. It is best to have a local bariatric program for best support also the legal environment in the us nearly ensures a safer surgery because the surgeon is highly accountable. On other countries, there is little recourse. Read more...
Be careful. There are many good surgeons abroad, however, performing the surgery is the easy part of bariatrics. Going abroad means no long term follow up, which if you have a band is essential to success. It also means that if you do have problems you are often on your own to figure what is wrong. Read more...
Yes. Be careful - but know prices here have dramatically decreased recently. Read more...
Follow up essential. With any weight loss surgical option, the surgery is only the beginning. Long-term follow up is essential to ensure that you stay on track with the weight loss as well as maintain proper nutrition. This can be difficult to do if traveling abroad. Safer to choose a local surgeon. Read more...

Is weight loss surgery safe? Also, is it done in the uk, I hadn't heard about it until very recently? What changes to your lifestyle must you make?

Has drawbacks. In lost decade remarkable progress has been made in wt loss surgery, but not a panacea has its own draw backs, has to know life style will be changed , once done rarely reversed , will need additional corrective surgery , has to be psychologically prepared, another criteria must under go months of non operative medical methods & failed. Read more...
Weight loss surgery . Yes it is safe if done by an experienced surgeon. It does require a big lifestyle change. No more junk food, sodas, you should eat much fewer carbs, and exercise regularly. It takes work, but the payoff is huge. Read more...
Weight loss surgery. Weight loss surgery has matured over the past 40 years. It is currently the most durable and successful method for long term weight loss. It is safer than heart operations and safer than hip operations. It has been performed laparoscopically for the past 10 years. It does change how quickly you eat, how much you eat, and your food choices. It is a complete lifestyle change forever. Read more...

Is lap band weight loss surgery safe?

YES. Lap band and gastric bypass surgeries are safer that they even have been. Look for experienced surgeons that share their results. Seek out bariatric centers of excellence facilities as they have been put through rigorous standards, monitor their results and have to meet minimums as far as the numbers of procedures they do. That equals experience. Your surgeon will discuss risks in greater detail. Read more...
Yes it is. Please keep in mind that in addition to the laparoscopic band, the sleeve gastrectomy represents a good alternative option. They have been doing the band in europe since 1992 and by early 2000's many bands were being removed due to long term complications. Please so your homework and discuss the sleeve with your surgeon, it doesn't mean it is the best option for you but at least learn about it. Read more...
Yes and No. All surgery has risks. "lap band" placement procedures are very safe, but adjustable gastric bands have specific long term risks including malposition, erosion, infection, reflux, slippage orprolapse, obstruction, migration into hiatal hernia, etc. While these risks are low, be informed about all the risks and the potential consequences on your health and wallet. Don't forget maintenance costs. Read more...

Is weight loss surgery effective?

Yes if you work it. I have seen people do very well after weight loss surgery. It takes few months after surgery for results to show it is not dramatic the weight loss. But keep tonifying the body and with weight loss make sure you manage nutritional needs simultaneously. Read more...
Absolutely. Surgical weight loss is the single most successful means of losing weight long term compared to any conventional method such as diet and exercise. It is also the most effective way to resolve underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea. Surgical weight loss does require work and needs to be performed in conjunction with a comprehensive after care program. Read more...
Effective . Weight loss surgery is a tool. It is a tool for the patient to use and learn to use. It is effective when used properly. Read more...

How useful is weight-loss surgery?

Weight loss surgery . Weight loss surgery can be tremendously successful. Not only does it result in successful long term weight loss, over 80% of patients with type 2 diabetes will be cured after a gastric bypass. Surgery is the only proven method of long term weight loss. By that i mean published medical trials have proven that diets fail and surgery works. Read more...

Should I have weight loss surgery?

Weight loss surgery. Only a weight loss surgeon will be able to answer that and the best ones recommend a diet for a few weeks or months before deciding whether you need surgery or not. The surgeons are excellent and, to my knowledge, really look after patients like you. Trust them! Read more...
See your doctor. certainly we have no details here of your situation, but a decision whether to have weight-loss surgery can only be made after weighing the potential risks and potential benefits. This discussion would be best served by going to your doctor. Weight-loss surgery certainly can carry with it many risks, but in some circumstances could be the best thing. Good luck. Read more...

What is a weight loss surgery like?

Weight loss surgery. Well, the best thing to do is to ask patients who have undergone weight loss surgery. That gives you some realistic expectations. You can also attend a weight loss surgery seminar put on by a bariatric surgeon in your area. Just make sure you find a center that has a good reputation and has done thousands of weight loss operations. I can't really answer your question in this short space. Read more...

When can you get a weight loss surgery?

Surgery. The simple answer is "When you can afford it". What is your weight and height and also your Body Mass Index? (BMI can be found on the web.) I would strongly recommend that before you have surgery you see a dietitian and also a trainer. You won't lose weight as quickly as you would with surgery but I would encourage you to see those two folks and get their opinion about surgery or not. Read more...