Gastric sleeve surgery does not come without its own set of risks, however, you can lower your risk for complications by adhering to your bariatric surgeon’s instructions closely after surgery. Keep in mind that the benefits associated with gastric sleeve surgery far outweigh the risks associated with staying overweight, which can eventually worsen and develop into more serious health conditions the longer you put off treatment.
From a medical standpoint, your body is considered obese when your body mass index (BMI) reaches 30. Having a BMI over 30 can significantly increase your risk for the following health problems:
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- Joint problems
- Gallbladder problems
- Acid reflux
Gastric sleeve surgery has the ability to help you lose excess weight and reverse many of these health conditions. Most gastric sleeve patients report experiencing positive changes in their health as early as the first few months after having surgery.
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