Let us be wishful that the surgery was successful ,done at best center under the care of best team of surgeons,nurses,dieticians and physiotherapists.
Recently there has been news of fat women dying few months after bariatric surgery.
Only bad news make the headlines.
Low risk of dying if patients follow post operative care and this rule is applicable to any surgery including a Complicated Heart surgery.
We cannot pass it off as just another surgery and everyone in every household has a person who has been through the knife of a surgeon to remove multiple blocks in blood vessels of vital organ like heart.
Our Stomach is as important a vital organ as it works like a grinder of a mixer , mixing food with vital juices made in Liver to make food soft and stay in stomach for at least 4 hours to move further towards the small intestines so that important ingredients can be taken up by the blood to make Food Functional for the entire body.
There is no use to find faults with Eating Habits and play the Blame Game about Obesity.
Accept Obesity as a Lifestyle Disorder which is a precursor of many diseases.
Leading surgeons say that the risk factors associated with Bariatric surgery are as Low as 0.5%,which is on par with a routine Hernia Surgery.
Obese patients have a high mortality rate and if unchecked and left untreated the risk can be 20-30% higher compared to people who have undergone Bariatric surgery after Every effort to Reduce weight has not been of any help
Surgery has been a success and the person is back home.
7 Things to focus on NOW-
1)The side effects most commonly seen are Calcium, Iron and B12 Deficiencies because the diet is limited post surgery.
Correct the deficiencies through nutritional Supplements.
2) Obese persons are highly prone to co-morbidities like Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and abnormal Thyroid functions, which are more harmful than being obese.
These conditions can be corrected in a better way.
Reduce the doses/ monitor the doses and one never knows that with time, there may not be need to take any dose to control any of the above conditions.
3) Allow stomach tissues to heal and strictly follow a liquid diet for a few days ranging from days to 2 months which is an average time for internal stitches to heal for a restful wound.
Here the stomach gets no rest as food is a basic need for recovery.
Insist upon a liquid diet with supplements of proteins which build tissues faster.
4) Surgery works like a 'Shock Treatment' to change eating habits leading to aversion for fatty and spicy foods.
5) Regular follow ups are a Must and this surgery being all about Teamwork, where several specialists have to work together to ensure well being of patient.
6) Obese persons do suffer from nutritional deficiencies and the person who has been operated upon may already be deficient.
It is important to get help from a Nutrition specialist to correct the deficiencies.
7) If counselling and regular follow ups are done, the risks associated with this surgery are minimum.