Being overweight not only takes a toll on your self-esteem, but it can also be a danger to your health.
A gastric bypass could be one of the best ways to reclaim your health and self-esteem but the surgery does come with surprises — some bad, some good, and some even embarrassing.
Here then, are some of the things you need to know before going for the procedure.
Post-Operation Depression is a Possibility
As you may have imagined, there is a connection between depression and obesity. Most of the patients who get bariatric surgery generally experience an improvement in their wellbeing, but for some, the opposite is true.
According to a Yale University study, 13% of patients were found to be depressed after gastric bypass surgery and exhibited low self-confidence and eating disorders among other undesirable behaviors.
You may End Up with Excess Skin
After a gastric bypass, you are likely to be left with loose hanging skin that certainly does not look good. If that is a deal-breaker for you, chances are that you will require another surgery to get rid of the excess skin.
Now, unless that skin is medically declared to be a danger to your health, your medical insurance won’t be covering the expenses for another surgery to get rid of it. That means that you would have to pay for the surgery out of pocket and it is not cheap.
Body contouring surgery can cost you anything from $4,000 going upwards.
Trips to the Bathroom will Increase
A huge percentage of patients who get gastric bypass surgery are likely to experience severe episodes of diarrhea or dumping syndrome after the procedure. This is often caused by poor food choices including fried foods and refined sugars.
Such food choices can also lead to symptoms like audible bowel sounds, cramping, nausea, lightheadedness, and sweating.
If that sounds embarrassing, then you need to know that there is more to expect like constipation, loose stool, and embarrassing gas.
Ultimately, when you get the surgery, be ready to frequent the bathroom.
The Surgery Could Increase your Risk for Alcohol Abuse or Use
A study examining patients who had gastric bypass surgery at different time intervals revealed that their risk for increased alcohol intake after the procedure increased significantly. This could be because patients have peak alcohol levels and they reach them faster after bariatric surgery.
Working Out Should Still be Part of your Routine
Your surgeon will probably recommend a post-surgery diet that is supposed to promote weight loss but that is not the only change you have to make regarding your lifestyle.
According to the Obesity Action Coalition, gastric bypass patients should include physical activity in their daily routine once they are cleared by their physician.
Exercising a few minutes at least five days a week is necessary for making your surgery a success. Simply put, surgery is not an instant fix; you have to put in the work.
You will Have to Do Away with Junk Food
Sure, those sodas, cakes, and fries taste like heaven in your mouth but you will have to teach yourself how to do without them after your surgery.
Carbonated drinks for instance introduce air to your belly and create gas that then puts pressure on your stomach causing it to expand.
This can undo the results of your surgery so instead of drinking soda, you may want to drink more water.
It may Affect your Romantic Relationship
Extreme physical transformations tend to lead to a myriad of emotional changes that will affect not just you, but those around you as well.
One study found that there was an increase in divorces among couples where one partner got bariatric surgery.
In that regard, you want to seek emotional guidance for yourself and your partner before getting the procedure done. This will help you navigate the negative effects that you are likely to face post-operation.
A gastric bypass is a serious surgical procedure and its success is a long-term project. Even with that, most patients who have had it would do it again if they were given a chance to go back in time and make the decision again.
If you are struggling with obesity, a gastric bypass may be of help – you just need to prepare for what you are likely to face after the procedure.