How to Cope with Surgical Risks and Physical Changes
It’s normal and natural to fear surgery, anesthesia, or physical changes. But before you let these fears prevent you from having bariatric surgery, you may want to take a few moments to better understand the facts.
Fear and Risks of Surgery
This is a common fear. After all, bariatric surgery is major surgery performed while you’re under general anesthesia. Complications can occur. Keep in mind that you’ll have a team of healthcare professionals dedicated to your best possible care.
Keep in Mind
Advances in bariatric surgical technique have significantly lowered the risk of operative mortality — especially when surgery is performed by an experienced laparoscopic surgeon.
During the past decade, patient outcomes from general anesthesia have improved significantly, so that the mortality rate is down, from one in 10,000 to one in 250,000 patients. Each patient's anesthesiology risk during bariatric surgery is based on the patient’s overall health.
Fear of Physical Changes
For people who have spent years living with morbid obesity, bariatric surgery sounds like a lifesaver. But, some people are concerned about changing their body. It’s understandable. Your surgeon will reduce the size of your stomach so that you are able to be satisfied with less food and, depending on the procedure, absorb fewer calories and nutrients.
Be sure to share your concerns with your bariatric surgeon and your bariatric program’s mental health professional. They will be able to provide you with information to help you deal with your concerns.
For more assistance, please contact the JFK for Life staff. We will be happy to help.
Bariatric surgery is a lifelong change. Even considering it is a healthy step, because it gives you an opportunity to examine your health and your life.
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