Safety of surgery
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Myth: The risk of bariatric surgery is high.

Fact: Bariatric surgery is as safe as some of the commonly performed surgeries

The complications and risk of bariatric surgery is same as that of the routine procedures like gallbladder removal or hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus).1 In fact, the risk of staying morbidly obese is much higher than the risk of surgery for weight loss.2

Nowadays, most bariatric surgeries are done laparoscopically. This means that the surgery is done through very small cuts into the stomach. As these cuts are quite small, they heal quickly.3 Click here to know more about the safety of surgery.

You can also know about the weight loss success stories and the experiences of your peers who have undergone bariatric surgery by clicking here.

Disclaimer: Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider.

Ref: 1. Gastric Bypass is as Safe as Commonly Performed Surgeries. Cleveland Clinic. [internet] 2014 [cited 2015 Dec 07] Available from: http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2014/11/gastric-bypass-is-as-safe-as-commonly-performed-surgeries/
2. Christou NV, Sampalis JS, Liberman M, Look D, Auger S, McLean AP, MacLean LD. Surgery decreases long-term mortality, morbidity, and health care use in morbidly obese patients. Ann Surg. 2004 Sep;240(3):416-23; discussion 423-4.
3. What to Expect With Weight Loss Surgery. [internet] WebMD [cited 2015 Dec 02] Available from: http://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/slideshow-weight-loss-surgery#getty_rf_photo_of_post_gastric_bypass_surgery.jpg