Surgery will always involve some risks and Gastric Bypass, Lap Band. Sleeve Gastrectomy or other various types of weight loss procedures are no exceptions to this rule. Bariatric surgeries such as Gastric Bypass can result in:

  • Bleeding or infection
  • Complications from anesthesia
  • Clotting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Gastrointestinal leaking
  • And even death

Bariatric Surgery Side Effects

There are many types of weight loss surgeries; the risks will vary depending on the procedure that you choose. While many are deemed safe and may have no immediate adverse effects, over time, conditions such as gallstones, hernias, ulcers, low blood sugar, malnutrition and bowel obstruction can occur. The inability to tolerate food, which can lead to vomiting and diarrhea, can also happen post-surgery.

Surgical vs Non-Surgical Weight Loss Procedures

Since there are high risks associated with going under the knife, there are certain qualifications to meet when determining whether or not these options are right for you. For instance, your body mass index (or BMI) would need to be 40 or more to classify you as extremely obese to validate the surgery. If you are at a lower BMI, such as 35 to just below 40, the diagnosis of a chronic weight-related health issue, such as high blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes, will need to be made present for you to be a candidate for weight loss surgery. When your BMI is less than 35, only very serious health issues or co-morbidity will put you in the acceptable range for this type of procedure.  

Surgical options can be a drastic weight loss alternative that requires medical supervision and a complete change in lifestyle for the weight loss to become permanent. If you fear that they are too-high risk and could break the bank, than opting for non-surgical weight loss option might be just the answer you are seeking! Its important to mention that patients that do not qualify for bariatric surgery can still be eligible for non-surgical weight loss procedures. Shapeology’s balloon procedures could be the best choice for you.

Non-Surgical Weight Loss Options

Many people will opt for balloon procedures, as they are non-surgical options, requiring no incisions or scars and are non-anatomy altering, meaning they do not re-route your digestive system. Balloons such as the Orbera and Obalon are procedures offered at Shapeology Non-Surgical Weight Loss Center in Arizona. These balloons are inserted in your stomach endoscopically or through a swallow-able capsule with an end result of making you feel full and therefore eating less food than you normally would. They are deflated and removed a few months later. Since Shapeology’s patients are guided through the process of changing their lifestyles by learning to eat healthier and incorporate exercise into their daily routine, our patients keep the weight off permanently.

You can find out if you are eligible for any Shapeology Non-Surgical weight loss options by filing out our quick online quiz. Need financing we can help with that too. Give us a call today!

Less Invasive Weight Loss Options

Other options offered at Shapeology are The Aspire or the Overstitch methods. The “Aspire” is a pump-like device which enables you to empty out a portion of the food in your stomach after eating a meal. Because it removes food before the extra calories can be absorbed into the body, the Aspire Assist facilitates weight loss.

If you have previously had bariatric surgery and are having issues which could warrant a revision, a less risky and invasive option is the Overstitch method. The Overstitch procedure is a solution for gastrointestinal and post bariatric surgeries when the size of the stomach or outlet have stretched back out again. The Overstitch is a device which enables a doctor, using an endoscope, to suture the stomach pouch to make it smaller again.

Contact Shapeology Non-Surgical Weight Loss Center

Safe and effective alternatives to highly invasive weight loss surgeries and bariatric revisions do exist! If you are researching your choices, don’t hesitate to contact Shapeology today and let our team answer any questions that you have regarding our weight loss procedures.