Many people ask if gastric bypass surgery is the answer to the growing obesity epidemic. At the same time many surgeons are answering this question with affirmations. The truth is that every year, the number of gastric bypass surgeries doubles and is expected to be doing so for many years to come. No matter how it's broken down, the amount of risks associated with the gastric bypass surgery is far less than those associated with being morbidly obese.
The true answer as to whether or not gastric bypass surgery as being the answer to obesity actually comes down to each individual patient. No matter how you look at it, the ability for gastric bypass to work all comes down to the person's ability to follow through with all of the pre and postoperative requirements. Many people want an easy way out, they do not want to have to exercise or diet to loose their weight and think that it is a miracle cure. For these people, chances are that the surgeon may not only delay the procedure but may cancel it completely if he or she feels that you will not commit to the life altering changes that you must accomplish to make the procedure a success. For many other people out there that has tried literally every remedy available from exercise to pills to loose weight without any promising results, the surgery is the last option which will give them a second chance at life.
Assuming that the patient is able to fully give themselves to the treatment and life altering changes needed then the surgery is nothing less than the true answer to fixing their weight problem. If you are not the type that is willing to put forth the effort than there is a very good chance that within six months to a year you will end up back to your original weight. Even worse, if you fail to follow through with the changes in your lifestyle and habits, you could end up in worse health than you started with. This bad health can range from a chronic dumping syndrome to death. It is the answer to obesity as long as the patient is willing to let it be.
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