Are you considering gastric bypass to get your massive weight out of your body? Before you even start saving money for it, consider the implications first – including your risk of becoming an alcoholic.
If you have been living under your hefty 400-pound weight or more for years that to walk without feeling your fats bouncing is foreign to you, then a gastric bypass surgery is like having your own ghostbuster with you except it’s called “fatbluster.” Though the surgery is not exactly easy, compared to exhausting exercise and challenging controlling your appetite, it is far easier to deal with – or does it?
Gastric bypass surgery is a type of weight-loss procedure where the doctor creates a small pouch, which will serve as your new stomach, to bypass a part of your original stomach and rearrange your digestive system in such a way that it will limit your calorie absorption. This type of surgery is reserved to those who are morbidly obese with BMI 40 and above.
In just a year, weight loss is sure to happen for as much as 70% of your original weight. This will crucially save your life from diabetes, hypertension, and other cardiovascular diseases. In addition to that, sleep apnea, which is usually an obesity-related problem, has shown to decrease its occurrence as well as migraine, asthma, osteoarthritis and other joint problems, gout, and metabolic syndrome among others. Emotionally, the surgery without a doubt, will increase your self-esteem as you gradually learn to cope with your depression.
Like any other surgery, this does not come with a price.
To start with, gastric bypass surgery is not cheap; you will have to save $30,000 at most. But pricing aside, it will also cost you a few other health problems and complications from the surgery too such as the infamous “dumping” episode where you will be light-headed and sweating cold followed by vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, cramping, and fatigue. This 30-45 minutes reaction that you will have to be familiar with as it often happens unless you know which types of food trigger it and you change the way you eat, is due to the way the food – especially sugary ones – pass down to your digestive system. Because your digestive tract and stomach have been altered, when certain trigger foods get eaten inappropriately fast, it causes this physiological reaction. However, uncomfortable this dumping syndrome may be, a mere change on your diet and the way you eat will make it less likely to occur again.
Another complication you may have to face with after gastric bypass is the recent study that tied you to your increased likelihood to experience Etoh or alcohol abuse.
According to American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, there’s an 11% reported incidence of the 2000 men and women who have gotten dangerously involved with drinking within 2 years of the bypass surgery. How it happened is not exactly clear but researchers are considering 2 possible explanations – one of which is the lack of stomach lining’s enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase. Because your stomach’s lining is relatively small compared to its original size, the alcohol-processor enzyme gets to manage only a fraction of your alcohol intake – the rest of it go straight to your bloodstream. What this means is that you are now more sensitive to alcohol compared before. And the more intense the drinking experience is to you, the likelier you are to want more of it. Combine that with the possibility of you compensating your food cravings (or other emotional issues) for alcohol and you have the recipe for alcohol addiction.
Another thing you need to deal with is the loose skin that could bring you some rashes and infections along with it. In fact, this is one of the things that you probably should consider before jumping into the surgery because your skin is not flexible enough to follow the amount of weight loss that will likely occur to you. Hence, tummy tuck surgery or a body lift surgery is almost always preceded. But this is not always the if you can immediately start with exercise.
Is Gastric Bypass worth it?
If it means saving your life then it is worth it. This doesn’t mean that you will be forever be saved. There are actually many people who had gone through gastric bypass who have now gained back most of their weight back simply because they didn’t have the discipline to initiate the change from the start. They didn’t have the ability to finish what they started mainly because they didn’t have the intention to start the process. You are delusional if you think that you can be in your ideal weight for as long as you want without you working for it.
If you think that this surgery is your ticket out of your miserable life, you’re wrong; it is really your will and determination that can get you out of any misery. The best of all, will and determination are totally free – you just have to find it within.