Whenever fat becomes a big problem and the classic road to a healthier weight (diet) seems too long, we all tend to think of radical approaches to this issue that could spare us the time and effort and provide a magical instant solution. This is how surgical solutions for weight loss have come to be so popular among overweight people and, when all is said and done, it’s pretty easy to see why and to sympathize.
In theory, surgical solutions should be a quick, trouble-free way of getting rid of the excess fat. In practice, however, surgical solutions are anything but safe, even when performed by highly trained surgeons under the best conditions. Liposuction, for instance, is one of the most widespread surgical approaches to weight loss. And while thousands of people resort to liposuction every year this doesn’t mean that the operation is 100% safe.
Even when done correctly, liposuction has a good chance of leaving behind an even layer of fat that causes lumps or dents in the body. Trying to get rid of not-so-good-looking fat only to end up with an even worse looking body is not a good idea. And let’s not forget the complications that may emerge after liposuction. Over the past decade, health care experts have learnt that people may die from liposuction.
Aside from the occasional death there are also allergies to medication recommended in such cases, infections, damaged skin, bruises, swelling, damaged tissues just under the skin that show as dark patches, dead skin, punctured intestines, lidocaine poisoning (only in cases where the super-wet procedure was used) and fluid imbalances. As you can see, there are plenty of things that can go wrong during a surgical procedure.
The second type of surgical procedure designed to promote weight loss is bariatric surgery. This one has become something of a hype over the past few years as more and more people warm up to the idea of wearing a silicone ring around their stomach in order to decrease the amount of food it can hold. However, bariatrics is nowhere near trouble-free. Studies have shown that 10 to 20 percent of patients had complications right after surgery.
Worse still, nearly 40 percent of patients had complications within the next 180 days and about 7 percent had to be readmitted to hospital within 6 months in order to treat complications. 40% is much too high for any surgical procedure. It means that pretty much anybody could develop complications, such as vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty in passing food to the stomach and reflux of gastric contents. Abdominal hernia and infections are also common.
With all these in mind, it’s plain to see that sticking to a balanced diet and finding time for physical effort is far better than subjecting yourself to risky surgery. The best thing to do is to take a look at your lifestyle and your eating habits and start making some changes. Instead of lying on the couch for a couple of hours watching TV, you can go for brisk walks and instead of junk food you can eat healthier vegetables and fruit.