Scary Side Effect From This Popular Surgery

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    It’s no surprise to most Americans that weight gain and obesity rates are at an all-time high right now. Therefore, it’s also no surprise that more and more U.S. citizens are opting for bariatric surgery.

    Bariatric surgery – or weight loss surgery – involves reducing someone’s stomach size. This is accomplished through either the use of a gastric band, or by removing a portion of the stomach.

    Weight loss surgery can also entail rerouting the small intestine to a small pouch in the stomach.

    As drastic as these procedures sound, the effects are undeniable. Many people who undergo bariatric surgery have success and lose weight. But at what cost?

    According to Medical News Today, “Researchers led by Wendy C. King, Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health in Pennsylvania, set out to examine the long-term evolution of patients who have undergone bariatric surgery. King and colleagues found a link between having the procedure and alcohol problems.”

    “Specifically, the team focused on Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) – a type of weight loss surgery that changes the structure of the small intestine and makes the stomach smaller, reducing it to the size of an egg.”

    Unfortunately, the researchers discovered that:

    “One in 5 patients developed alcohol problems within 5 years of surgery.”

    “The team examined more than 2,300 patients who were enrolled in the Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery-2 (LABS-2) over a follow-up period of 7 years. LABS-2 is a prospective, observational cohort study of people who had weight loss surgery in 10 hospitals across the U.S.”

    “During the follow-up, RYGB was the most popular procedure, undergone by 1,481 patients. Most of the remaining patients (522) had another procedure called laparoscopic gastric banding, in which an adjustable band is inserted around the upper part of the patient’s stomach, limiting their intake of food.”

    “Over the 7-year follow-up period, both the RYGB group and the laparoscopic gastric banding group consumed more alcohol. However, only RYGB patients also presented with symptoms of alcohol use disorder.”

    “The symptoms were measured using the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test – a 10-item alcohol use assessment tool developed by the World Health Organization (WHO).”

    “The study revealed that 20.8 percent of RYGB patients went on to develop alcohol use disorder symptoms within 5 years of having the procedure. By contrast, only 11.3 percent of the laparoscopic gastric banding patients developed similar problems.”

    “Additionally, of those participants without alcohol use issues in the year before the intervention, RYGB patients were over twice as likely to develop alcohol use problems over a 7-year period, compared with those who had laparoscopic gastric banding.”

    Unfortunately, the researchers are unable to determine the direct cause of these risks. However, previous testing shows the surgery can increase alcohol levels more quickly in the bloodstream.

    In addition, the surgery may be hindering its patients more than helping them. Studies have also shown the surgery may heighten alcohol tolerance by affecting the reward centers in the brain.

    When it comes down to it, significant weight gain and obesity are serious issues. After all, these can drastically affect your health and well-being. However, it’s important to greatly consider the risks before undergoing any type of major surgery. After all, complications from this major undertaking may do more harm than good for the patient.

    11 COMMENTS

    1. Not a big surprise that this kind of thing happens. I would be very careful whom I had as a Doctor now adays. Many walk like a duck and talk like a duck. Which makes them quacks.

    2. I believe the so called results being blamed on weight loss or as a consequence of weight loss procedure is totally skewed. These folks fool themselves on what and how much they chow down and bingo more fat is apparent. Elementary my dear Watson. Very unlikely one gains without excess eating unless they have a previously undetected metabolic disorder. Having been a former fatty I had a storehouse of reasons for my porky state. Once I decided to eat the appropriate amount and types of food hokupokus the fat vamoosed.

      • Some do not have the will power and other health issues that limit exercise.
        Severely obese people may not be able to move due to other medical conditions, brought on by their age, diet, and severe mobility issues from other ailments.

    3. You all are clueless and far too judgmental. A few people do fail but many more gain years, gain new energy, get off diabetes meds, and gain new perspective about nutrition.

      • I Totally AGREE! my sister is a Diabetic (or was) with Huge Weight Gain 350 lbs.and no longer is!…Food Control,exercise, she is now not a Diabetic and is now and has been 150 lbs. “Wake Up America “

    4. Could this be that a person addicted to food, may also develop another addiction, such as alcohol?
      Must healthcare professionals consider rehab for the patient as part of the surgery; before it is done, and continued afterwards?

    5. I am not obese, but was confined to a walker and wheel chair due to the need of several major orthopedic surgeries over 5 years.
      During this time, I put on weight. My husband cooked appropriate meals for me, and I gained weight.
      After the surgeries I have tried to lose weight and it has been a long road. I am devout on trying, but one of my medicines is known for weight gain. Nothing I can do, all the Drs say.
      I limit my portions, eat the right foods, and few sweets.
      So many others are taking the same medicine, and get frustrated that they cannot lose weight too.

      Please keep this in mind when people are taking needed meds for multiple health issues. Do not condemn them on the weight gain issue.

      • My sister is a Diabetic (or was) with Huge Weight Gain
        350 lbs.and no longer is!…Food Control,exercise, she is now not a
        Diabetic and is now and has been 150 lbs. “Wake Up America “

      • Raw food diet and get off ALL meds. Seek a holistic practioner and let your body heal itself naturally. Medical Drs won’t tell you this as there is NO PROFIT in having healthy patients

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