Weight Loss Surgery - Why it is Not Good For You
By Kya Grace
Obesity is a growing concern all over the world. As quoted by
the world health organization ‘Globally, there are more than 1
billion overweight adults, at least 300 million of them obese’.
Obesity is not just as simple as being a ‘fat person’. It is a
chronic state of being overweight. A survey conducted in 2008
estimates that about 220,000 in the U.S. had weight loss surgery
in that very year. These alarmingly high numbers brings us to
some basic questions, how advisable is it to undergo surgery for
weight loss? Who should undergo surgery and who not? Is it safe?
Health experts largely believe that this method of weight
reduction is unadvisable. One of the very basic reasons behind
this is that it is unnatural. Any unnatural and non-gradual
reduction of weight comes with a heavy price. This article will
take you through some of the most basic side-effects of a weight
loss surgery which makes this method unadvisable.
Abdominal discomfort can last for 2-3 months after surgery.
Nausea and vomiting is the most commonly cited side effects.
This majorly happens because the surgery reduces the size of
your stomach and hence the quantity of food it can take in at
one time. Most individuals take a while before getting used to
the new diet patterns for the reduced stomach.
A weight loss reduction surgery cause rapid decrease in body
mass. In order to make up for this loss of mass, additional
medication is generally given to patients post surgery. Often
these medicines lead to dehydration which in turn leads to
nausea and vomiting, making the entire process a vicious circle.
There are considerably high chances of developing food
intolerance post surgery. Dry meat such as steaks, sticky food,
gummy or fibrous food substances are reported to cause a lot of
issues. Cauliflower and broccoli can cause gas formation and
also result in abdominal cramping. Approximately 1% of patients
develop lactose intolerance (intolerance towards milk and milk
products). Patients also get affected by alcohol a lot faster.
Dumping syndrome is when food is ‘dumped’ into a small
intestine, beyond its capacity. This happens largely with fried
and greasy food. Although it is not a serious threat to health
and life in general, it can be quiet an unpleasant event. It
starts off with stomach cramps and moves on to feeling fatigued,
sweaty and tired.
Changing bowel habits
Constipation is highly common. Post surgery there is little or
hardly any bowel movement. This phenomenon has been observed
more in women.
Transient Hair Thinning
For about 2- 10 months after surgery, patients observe rapid
thinning of hair. Sometimes patients lose most of their scalp
hair and are required to use a wig till the hair grows back.
This is mostly due to the decrease in protein levels in the
When you lose weight off rapidly, you not only lose weight you
also lose insulating body fat. There is a general change in your
metabolism level. On account of these factors patients often
complain of feeling ‘cold’ even in warm room temperate.
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