26 July 2015
Bariatric Surgery Reexamined: The Times Are Changing
In the 1970’s and early 1980’s, many people, both inside and outside the medical community, viewed bariatric surgical procedures as being radical, unnecessary and dangerous. Early on procedures such as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) and adjustable gastric banding (AGB), frequently resulted in complications ranging from infection, liver disease and internal bleeding. As a result, the public at large came to the perception that these treatments were not safe. In the past 10 years, however, that opinion is being re-examined in light of some new and compelling evidence regarding the health and psychosocial benefits of bariatric surgery for adults as well as adolescents.
In the 2007 International Journal of Obesity Article entitled “Long-Term Health and Psychosocial Outcomes from Surgically Induced Weight Loss” the author, Dr. EMH Mathus- Vliegen, related the findings of his team’s study in which they found that the benefits for morbidly obese patients (patients who have a Body Mass Index of 40 or greater) who elected to undergo gastric bypass surgery are more than just cosmetic. The author stated that his study found there are long-term health benefits which positively impact the quality of life. In the article, Dr. Mathus-Vliegen concluded by suggesting that these long-term benefits are present even in cases in which the patient does not engage in a medically supervised post-surgical treatment plan. (to continued)