Weight loss surgery is not for everyone, there are severe side effects. Ms. Sarah Klein did an excellent piece on Huffington Post:
Weight Loss Surgery Side Effects: Procedure’s Not-So-Glamorous Side Highlighted By Al Roker’s Embarrassing Story
“…But other side effects of weight-loss surgery can be dangerous and even life-threatening.”
“About 20 percent of people who opt for weight-loss surgery require further procedures for complications, WebMD reported, and as many as 30 percent deal with complications relating to malnutrition, like anemia or osteoporosis, since the intestines are absorbing fewer nutrients.
Some weight-loss surgery patients may develop ulcers at the site where the small intestine is connected to the pocket created from the stomach, especially those who take aspirin or NSAIDs, according to the Mayo Clinic. A stoma, or a narrowing of the opening at this same site, may also occur, and require surgery to repair. Patients are also at risk for dehydration, since the stomach can no longer hold large quantities of water. And rapid weight loss can bring on feelings of fatigue, cold, mood changes and body aches, as well as cause hair thinning.
In rare instances, some patients may experience a serious complication called Noninsulinoma Pancreatogenous Hypoglycemia Syndrome (NIPHS), or very low blood sugar levels. In these cases, patients may experience neurologic symptoms like confusion or even seizures, according to the Mayo Clinic, and could require pancreatic surgery to cure.
Tragically, bariatric surgery patients seem to also be at greater risk of suicide, according to a review of nearly 17,000 operations performed from 1995 to 2004 in Pennsylvania. The researchers calculated suicide rates among the patients to be more than five times higher than the rate in the general population, the New York Times reported.
This could at least in part be due to the tremendous work required to maintain the results of weight-loss surgery. The procedure itself is not a quick fix; a number of habits have to change as well, if the weight loss is to be permanent, and as many as 20 percent of people will gain a significant amount of weight back, People magazine reported.”
I can’t agree more with Ms Klein, one cannot avoid the change of habits in losing weight. There is no short cut to lose weight, money and surgery won’t do it, it’s up to you. Find ways to control your eating habits, stop the emotional eating for example, is a good habit change in the long run. Have an accountability partner will certainly help with the chance of success in changing any stubborn habit.