Weight loss surgery, cutting away healthy stomach organs, is promoted
as the only effective treatment for obesity. But the cracks are
starting to show now – not surprisingly. Yesterday a 20-year follow-up of the largest study on weight loss surgery was published and it could be the largest setback yet.
turns out that obese people undergoing weight loss surgery get an
INCREASED need for medical treatment, even years after the surgery.
Despite their weight loss! For example they need more inpatient care in
hospitals. During the first six years after surgery the increase is very
large (see figure above).
The cause is either complications from
the surgery (like bleeding, infections, leakage of stomach contents into
the abdominal cavity) or long-term dangers like bowel obstruction,
anemia, gallstones or malnutrition.
Obese people who did not receive surgery ultimately needed less medical care. So how healthy is it to lose weight by surgery?
There was also an increased need for psychiatric medications (e.g. for depression and anxiety) for weight loss surgery patients.
need a safer and wiser treatment for obesity. Amputating healthy organs
is just an emergency solution. We need to stop giving simplistic
calorie-fixated advice (the least effective advice in study after study)
before exposing patients to risky surgery. These operations should be
the last resort. Thus patients should first be offered advice on low carb (the most effective advice in study after study) and adequate support.
loss surgery may be extremely lucrative for hospitals (the
complications are an added bonus!) but if you are a patient: Be warned.
And make sure you have good insurance.