Deciding to go through MGB

MGB surgery

Deciding to go through MGB

There is no denying the fact that the decision to undergo weight loss surgery is a serious one, but for those with the courage to take that step, their life is forever changed. Is that to say there are no downsides to surgery? Of course not! Every weight loss surgical procedure has its shortcomings. The Mini-Gastric Bypass is no different, but in my humble opinion they are far fewer and easier to overcome than any of the other procedures available today.

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies, particularly iron and calcium must be monitored. Lifelong supplementation with a simple multivitamin with iron and calcium will usually keep your levels normal. The risk of ulcers increases after any bypass procedure, including the MGB and that risk remains forever. Medications such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen, and the entire class of drugs known as non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are off limits after surgery. Smoking, snuff, and chewing tobacco are also considered high-risk activities for the development of ulcers. As long as you avoid these things, the risk of developing ulcers remains very low.

As with any operation, there are surgical risks, but fortunately occur very rarely. Complications from anesthesia, hemorrhage, and wound infection are present with any surgery. A leak at the anastomosis (the connection between the stomach pouch and the small bowel loop) is the most serious complication that can occur in the immediate period after surgery. Most leaks occur within the first 24 hours, but on rare occasions, can occur as far out as a week after surgery. If it is recognized and dealt with early, it is easily repaired, but a delay in diagnosis and treatment can turn a simple repair into a major, long and drawn out process.

If I haven’t scared you away from considering weight loss surgery with that bit of information, then you are indeed the determined and committed individual that this surgery is intended for. As I said before, for those who are willing to make the decision to take control of their lives once and for all, life opens up all new possibilities. The stories that patients share with me could fill an entire book. There is Mike who went from couch potato to triathlon competitor, and Chris who now participates in Iron Man competitions, and Dr. John and Penny who now travel to Africa on mission trips and Joni who went zip lining and even parachuted out of an airplane!

Rather than telling you about the lives my patients live after surgery, I think it would be more appropriate for them to tell you themselves. Expect that the next posts are dedicated to my patients’ stories about their lives after surgery.

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