02 Sep The Safest Weight Loss Surgery
What is the safest weight loss surgery? Patients often ask me this question when they’re concerned about surgery. A very common patient concern, it’s very normal to ask your doctor about this. In fact, we expect to hear this question from anyone about to undergo weight loss surgery. Obviously any operation or procedure comes with risk. So, it’s important to understand those risks before going through a bariatric operation. I want to put your mind at ease by explaining the differences in operations. From gastric bypass procedures to gastrectomy sleeves. I will attempt to answer this difficult question. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will be more comfortable with your upcoming surgery. If not, I urge you to contact our experts for free advice and guidance about upcoming weight loss surgery.
First, I want to paint you a picture and give you some background information:
Summer is almost over and September is just around the corner. This time of year is when most people try to change themselves for the better. This time of year gives a lot of people a renewed interest in weight loss surgery. This is especially true when we think towards the new year and making New Year resolutions. It’s a time when we tend to focus on personal goals, while there’s still time left to achieve them. Patients often begin to research the safest weight loss surgery. In fact, we usually see a surge in enquiries about weight loss procedures. Research is key to reducing anxiety and stress around surgery. When you understand the facts of weight loss surgery, you’ll begin to feel much better. So let’s begin.
What’s the Safest Weight Loss Surgery in the US?
In the past couple of weeks, three patients have asked me the same question. Is weight loss surgery safe? This question is very important for anyone thinking about weight loss surgery. Yet I suspect that some of their concern was prompted by Joan Rivers’ recent cardiac arrest. The celebrity suffered a cardiac arrest while undergoing a medical procedure. She sadly became seriously ill, all of a sudden, while in a doctor’s office. Joan Rivers was rushed to a nearby hospital. She was then put on life support, after receiving emergency treatment.
An event like this, can raise concerns about our own health. We may wonder whether we should take additional risks in life. This can range from going on an adventure, flying to another country to going through with surgery. Some patients may begin to experience anxiety and stress about upcoming operations. This is completely understandable. With this being said, let me try to relieve any anxiety or stress you may be feeling about surgery. Let’s first discuss the safest weight loss procedures in the US.
Laparoscopic- Is this the Safest Weight Loss Surgery?
Laparoscopic weight-loss surgery quickly gained acceptance about 15 years ago. Bariatric programs began during this time. At first, the complication rate of surgery was high at around 3-5%. So, out of 100 people having surgery, 3 to 5 patients would suffer some form of complication. However, with the development of Centers of Excellence these rates were significantly reduced. The Center of Excellence are managed by The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery or ASMBS,
Now complication rates stand at only o.3 percent. So this means that less than 1% of patients will suffer complications after weight loss surgery. Great statistics for a medical procedure. When we put this data into perspective the figures are excellent. In fact, you have a higher chance of being hurt while driving in American than experiencing complications post surgery. This data is promising. It highlights how safe weight loss surgery is these days.
The standards for these centers have been established and are rigorous with good oversight provided by ASMBS as well as the American College of Surgeons (ACS). These associations constantly monitor the types of surgery performed at these centres. In fact, surgery outcomes and any complications are closely monitored. This helps to ensure that these Centers of Excellence (COEs) remain safe.
To read more about Laparoscopic surgery read our article on: Robotic Vs Laparoscopic Surgery
Gastric Bypass Surgery for Safe Weight Loss
Gastric bypass surgery is another procedure commonly performed in the US for excellent weight loss results. However, this particular surgery can lead to a deficiency in vitamin B. Potential complications from a natural vitamin B deficiency include:
- cognitive difficulties
Food supplements are often recommended post surgery to prevent any side effects or deficiencies.
If you’d like to know more about gastric bypass surgery read our article on: Robotic Gastric Bypass Surgery
Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery for Safe Weight Loss
The sleeve gastrectomy is another great weight loss operation, performed in the United States. It helps overweight patients achieve their weight loss goals quickly. Some people say, that the gastric sleeve is the safest weight loss surgery. Plus the sleeve gastrectomy has minimal nutrient deficiency problems, unlike the gastric bypass operation. Therefore patients are less likely to suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies after surgery.
For more information about sleeve gastrectomy, check out our article on: Robotic Sleeve Gastrectomy
How Safe is Weight Loss Surgery in Hospital?
So if a patient asked me whether it’s safe to have surgery at hospital, I say yes. As long as it is a MBSAQIP approved facility. This means that it’s a newly designation for Centers of Excellence and therefore safe. So, choose a MBSAQIP approved centre for the safest weight loss procedures in America.
Did you know that, 200,000 weight loss operations are performed in the US each year. These figures should put your mind at ease when it comes to weight loss procedures. Not only are operations safe with low complication risk, but they have a fast recovery rate too. Patients go home within 48 hours of surgery. This means you’ll be back to normal faster. Thanks to medical robots, operations are more precise. Robotic bariatrics is the future of weight loss surgery. Live 3D images of a patient, robotic guidance and tiny incisions.
Are Outpatient Centres Safe for Weight Loss Surgery?
Is it safe to have weight-loss surgery in outpatient centers? This is another question that I often get asked by patients.
Yes, it’s safe to perform lap-band surgery in an outpatient facility. However, a sleeve gastrectomy or a gastric bypass should only be performed in a hospital. The reason being is that, if complications occur during surgery, its best to have hospital resources and medical professionals at hand.
Although weight loss operations are safe and performed with few complications, they do still have associated risk. So, it’s important to have resources available should complications arise. Should a surgeon need assistance or a patient need emergency treatment, a hospital facility is best. A hospital will have an intensive care unit, medical professionals around who can intervene if required. It is also important to have a CT scan, an operating room and lab with the healthcare providers available to run these facilities. Serious complications associated with the gastric bypass and sleeve are:
- blood clots that can form in the lungs
While complications are very few and far between, they can happen. So, we recommend weight loss surgery to take place in a Center of Excellence or a hospital facility. Being prepared for any possible outcome, is preparing to succeed.
Would You Recommend Weight Loss Surgery?
There are plenty of options when it comes to weight loss surgery. All weight loss surgery in American is performed to an exceptional standard. Yet, it is important to make sure your procedure is performed in a safe place. Let’s face it, by doing your own research you’ll have more information at your disposal. As the saying goes, knowledge is power.
Colorado Bariatric Surgery – Safe Place for Weight Loss Surgery
I’m pleased to announce that Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute will begin performing surgery at Parker Adventist Hospital. Starting from the beginning of September, we will treat patients in the Parker Adventist centre. This is an exciting opportunity for us to expand. We are sure this will be a good experience for our patients, as it is an excellent facility with skilled professionals. If you have a preference to have your surgery at Parker Adventist Hospital, please make your preferences known when scheduling an appointment with our experts. We will do everything we can to provide your ideal weight loss procedure.
If you have any questions about bariatric surgery please do not hesitate to contact us at 303-861-4505 or visit our website. Our team of weight loss experts are here to provide guidance and advice in relation to weight loss in the US. If you’re considering weight loss surgery in the near future, feel free to get in touch. We would be more than happy to help you make a good decision.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article about weight loss surgery. I hope it has answered any questions you have about Bariatric Surgery. If you would like more advice, guidance or information, feel free to contact our team.
Dr. Tom Brown
Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute