Is Bariatric Surgery Safe?
Is bariatric surgery safe? The simple answer to this question is….. yes. It can be very safe. The risks of developing life threatening health complications related to obesity are much greater than the risk of having life threatening complications from surgery. Bariatric surgery is life saving and life changing for the vast majority of patients.
But the safety of bariatric surgery is dependent on several factors, most importantly the skill of the surgeon, the facility in which the operation is performed, and the volume of procedures performed. So while there is no such thing as a completely risk free operation, the risk of bariatric surgery is relatively low in the hands of a skilled surgeon, and in the appropriate facility.
Surgeon experience has been demonstrated in several studies to have a significant impact on outcome. A more experienced surgeon practicing in a high volume center will typically have fewer complications than a less experienced surgeon in a low volume center. The bariatric surgeon at Taylor Bariatric Institute is Dr. Jamokay Taylor with offices in Ypsilanti and Saginaw Michigan (MI).
Dr. Taylor is an active member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS). He is a high volume, board certified, Center of Excellence Certified, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a highly experienced surgeon who has been performing bariatric surgery for several years.
In addition, Taylor Bariatric Institute practices in Forest Health Medical Center, a bariatric Center of Excellence. This is a high volume bariatric specialty hospital which focuses exclusively on the care and needs of the bariatric patient, both before and after surgery. Forest Health Medical Center employs an entire network of practitioners specifically trained in caring for the morbidly obese.
The partnership between Taylor Bariatric Institute and Forest Health Medical Center creates a situation designed to maximize patient safety and achieve long term, successful weight loss for our patients.
At Taylor Bariatric Institute under the care of Dr. Taylor, the risk of major complications occurring is exceptionally low, all occurring at a rate less than a fraction of 1%. This is significantly lower than the complication rates seen in other practices across the nation.
While we can never guarantee a perfect outcome in every patient, we can say with confidence that you are much less likely to have a complicated outcome under our care than in most practices across the nation.