Weight Loss Surgery Risks: Is Anemia a Side Effect?

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Anemia After Bariatric Surgery: What's the Risk?

For people who are extremely overweight, or are battling obesity, sometimes changing your diet and lifestyle are not enough. Weight loss surgery is a solution that can positively impact your life, your overall health and your weight, and the list of perks does not end there. But what about the risks? As with any surgery, there are concerns and potential issues post-procedure. For some patients, anemia after bariatric surgery is a potentially dangerous side effect that can have damaging repercussions.

According to the CDC, more than one-third (36.5 percent) of U.S. adults are obese. And many of those people might try to lose weight or get healthy, with no success and instead wind up with several obesity-related health conditions to deal with. Which is why bariatric surgery is such a promising option for so many people.

Bariatric surgery, often known as gastric bypass surgery, is a surgery done to help patients battling obesity lose weight. Sometimes the procedure reduces the size of a person’s stomach to help them feel full faster; sometimes it changes the small intestine to modify how a patient absorbs calories and nutrients. The surgery can be done in a variety of ways, from laparoscopic to open surgery and, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, in 2015 there were an estimated 196,000 bariatric surgeries in the U.S.

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