When it comes to surgery, especially an elective operation, you really want to ensure that you understand the risks that come with an operation. Nobody wants to move forward with a risky operation if it can be avoided, but at the same time, we don’t want misconceptions about an operation’s safety to have people shying away from a procedure that could be extremely beneficial for their health.
With that in mind, we want to talk about the safety of weight loss surgery in today’s blog.
How Safe Is Weight Loss Surgery?
Any surgery, no matter how minor, carries the potential for risk. Surgeons work very hard to minimize this risk and keep the patient safe, but all surgeries carry the potential of issues like nerve damage, bleeding and infection. With that being said, bariatric surgery is considered an extremely safe elective procedure. Not only does the operation have a high rate of success, but there are also significant risks associated with remaining obese that can cause issues for your health. In the majority of cases, the risk of remaining obese far outweighs the risk of undergoing a bariatric procedure.
For example, left unaddressed, your obesity could contribute to the onset or worsening of a number of health conditions, including but not limited to:
- Sleep Apnea
- Cardiovascular Disease
These conditions are highly associated with being overweight or obese. Meanwhile, complications during or after bariatric surgery are extremely rare. When assessing risk, oftentimes it becomes clear that the risk of maintaining your current lifestyle far outweighs the possible risks associated with a weight loss procedure.
How We Strive To Make Bariatric Surgery Safe
Bariatric surgery is one of the safest elective surgeries available, but the team at Bhatti GI Consultants goes above and beyond to minimize as much risk as possible. Here’s a look at some of the ways we work to put the safety of our clients above all else.
- Procedure Matching – Based on a number of factors, including medical history, personal goals and overall patient health, we provide our recommendations as to which weight loss procedure is the best match for you.
- Minimally Invasive Procedure – When possible, we perform minimally invasive procedures to greatly reduce the trauma to the soft tissues, minimizing the risk of bleeding and nerve damage while also helping to speed up recovery time.
- Experience – Dr. Bhatti and the team at Bhatti GI Consultants have thousands of successful weight loss procedures under their belt, and this experience helps to ensure that procedures are more likely to go exactly as expected.
- Comprehensive Sterilization Process – Operating rooms, tools and staff are held to the highest sterilization standards to significantly reduce the likelihood of foreign bacteria entering a surgical site.
- Patient Education – Because a number of complications can develop days or weeks after a procedure is complete, we take the time with each patient to cover some of the best practices for cleaning and caring for your wound site so that you can help to reduce your risk of any unexpected complications as well.
We do everything in our power to ensure that your procedure goes smoothly and all risks are minimized. A bariatric procedure can help resolve a number of health issues that could be developing as a result of your weight, so it’s worth the risk for almost all clients. To connect with a care provider who can help you realize the benefits of weight loss surgery, reach out to Dr. Bhatti and the team at The Bhatti Weight Loss Center today at (952) 368-3800.