Bariatric Center
Friday, April 03, 2020

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Gastric Bypass

Open Surgery


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Your doctor understands that all medical care benefits from close collaboration between physician and patient -- so be sure to review, with your doctor, all risks and alternatives and make sure you understand the reasons behind the recommendation for this particular procedure.

Now let's talk in detail about the procedure your doctor has recommended. That particular recommendation was based on a number of factors:

  • the state of your health,

  • the severity of your condition,

  • an assessment of alternative treatments or procedures and finally,

  • the risks associated with doing nothing at all.

And remember, the final decision is up to you. No one can force you to undergo a surgical procedure against your will.

In the vast majority of cases where Gastric Bypass is recommended, the patient has already tried the most obvious alternative to surgery - dieting.
By recommending gastric bypass, your doctor is telling you that dieting is not a reasonable solution to your weight problem. More drastic measures are necessary. Should you choose not to undergo gastric bypass surgery and you continue to be obese, you will most certainly be placing your health at risk.
Complications associated with obesity include: diabetes, high-blood pressure, heart disease and depression.
Because of these risks, it's unlikely that your physician would recommend any treatment other than gastric bypass to treat your weight problem. But there are risks associated with surgery as well.

Now I'd like to introduce you to another important member of the medical team -- the nurse.

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