What are the potential long-term effects of gastric sleeve surgery that I should be aware of?

What are the potential long-term effects of gastric sleeve surgery that I should be aware of?

Gastric sleeve surgery has been shown to provide numerous long-term benefits for patients, including significant improvements in overall health and quality of life. Many obesity-related conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, PCOS, and fertility issues, can be greatly reduced or even resolved following the procedure. Furthermore, studies have indicated that the surgery can potentially extend a patient’s lifespan by 5 to 9 years and lower the risk of various cancers and possibly even dementia.

While the vast majority of patients experience positive outcomes, it is important to be aware of a few potential long-term effects. A small percentage of patients may develop heartburn post-operation, which can be effectively managed with the use of antacids. Additionally, some patients may require ongoing supplementation of certain vitamins and micronutrients to maintain optimal health. For example, women with heavy menstrual periods who lose significant amounts of blood may benefit from additional iron supplements to prevent anemia.

These potential long-term effects are generally minor and can be easily managed under the guidance of your healthcare team. The overwhelming benefits of gastric sleeve surgery, such as improved health, increased longevity, and enhanced quality of life, far outweigh these considerations for most patients. We encourage you to discuss any concerns you may have with your program advisor, who can provide further information and support as you make your decision.

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