Although dieting may not have worked for you in an attempt to overcome obesity, it is very important to understand the most common side effects of weight loss surgery before you decide that it’s right for you. It’s true that, when performed by the right surgeon at the right hospital, there is a great deal of potential benefit to this kind of operation, but complications are possible and you should know about them before you assume it’s the perfect option for your needs.
The following are the most common forms of side effects of weight loss surgery.
- One in 20 patients who have these procedures will end up with an infection.
- One in 100 patients will end up with deep vein thrombosis, which is blood clots in the leg, or will end up with a pulmonary embolism, which is a blood clot in the lung.
- One in 100 people will experience internal bleeding.
Aside from those complications, other types of side effects of weight loss surgery include excess skin. The reason is that while it may help to reduce the amount of fat in the body, the skin might not be able to decrease its size at the same speed. This can mean that a considerable amount of sagging, loose skin can be left behind. Patients who are at a particularly high risk of this side effect are those who have been obese for a number of years.
Excess skin can leave patients with extra baggy or rolled skin around the belly, hips, breasts, arms and legs. These aren’t as obvious right away as they are about 12 to 18 months after the procedure was completed. They can cause embarrassment and can even be difficult to keep clean and dry. The result can be low self esteem as well as infections and rashes. To return the skin to a smaller size that more closely fits the body, many people must undergo cosmetic surgery.
Other types of side effects that can be experience include gallstones. About 1 in 12 people who undergo weight loss surgery will have experienced this condition about ten months following the operation. While they may not cause any symptoms at all, when they do, they can be very uncomfortable and may lead to nausea and vomiting, a sudden abdominal pain, and even jaundice.
Aside from physical complications, this surgery can also have psychological effects. Most commonly, this includes nervousness and anxiety. Moreover, it can cause problems in relationships with partners who can experience jealousy about the weight loss.