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Bariatric surgery is a serious approach to losing weight and regaining mobility, health, and self-confidence. However, you should not consider bariatric surgery until you have explored all other options and you have given careful thought to the benefits and risks. Your discussion should include the following points:
In addition to losing weight and feeling better, patients who undergo bariatric surgery significantly reduce medical problems, risks for developing cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, reflux, psychiatric problems, arthritis and breathing problems.
Weight loss results vary among patients depending on dietary and exercise patterns as well as genetic, social, emotional and cultural factors. It is hard to accurately predict who will lose a lot of weight after bariatric surgery and who will lose a smaller amount. Those who do best with weight loss avoid snacks, eat nutritious foods, are more active, continue to work with support programs and follow up with their doctor. Those patients who show a less than average weight loss over time often do not change their eating and exercise patterns or return to snacking.
As with any surgery, there may be immediate and long-term complications and risks after bariatric surgery. These include:
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