There are many risks and benefits associated with gastric bypass surgery. This surgical procedure can lead to remission of diabetes, hypertension, obesity, asthma, GERD, etc. and also reduce the mortality rates associated with all these diseases. Patients are no longer required to take lifelong medications and can live a healthier and more active life. But the patients require lifelong care and commitment. They have to be strong to deal with the complications associated with the procedure and might end up having a second surgery.
Patients have to eat in moderate quantities and control their urge to eat excessively as this can lead to addiction transfer. I have seen my own sister getting addicted to alcohol after gastric bypass and I know that this can make a person’s life even more miserable than it was before the procedure. Thus, patients should be carefully evaluated before the surgery to assess the need for surgery and to determine the risk for developing addiction transfer after surgery. Awareness should be created amongst patients regarding the complications of the surgical procedure and the quality of life after that.