You can find the benefits of weight loss surgery on any business's website that performs those surgeries. Lets take a look at the drawbacks to these surgeries instead.

Cost of weight loss surgeries:

  • Adjustable Gastric Banding: $12,500 -$30,000

  • Gastric Bypass Surgery: $15,000 - $35,000

  • Biliopancreatic Diversion: $15,000 - $35,000

  • Liposuction: $2,000 -$8,000 (per body part)

Risks and side effects: 

  • Adjustable Gastric Banding: 

    • Less Dramatic weight loss than other options.
    • Likely to gain weight back over the years.
    • High chances of vomiting due to the small amount of food your stomach can hold.
    • Difficult to ingest all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs without taking pills.
    • Body aces, hair thinning, and decreases mood and energy during the first 6 months.
    • Should take 20-30 minutes to eat each meal.
    • Should not drink water until 30 minutes after each meal so not to fill your stomach up to much.
    • Difficult to stay hydrated do to the small amount of water your stomach can hold at one time.
    • Eating unhealthy foods can still slow or stop weight loss.
    • Not being able drink carbonated drinks and only small amounts of alcohol.  
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery:

    • Surgery in irreversible.
    • Possible follow-up surgery to correct complications.
    •  possible hernias, blood, clots, vomiting and abdominal pain.
    • Good chance at developing gallstones.
    • Women should refrain from becoming pregnant for at least the first 18 months.
    • Possibility of developing depression.
    • eating unhealthy foods can cause complications such as vomiting and diarrhea. 
    • Difficult to stay hydrated.
    • Complications could develop immediately or years after surgery. 
  • Biliopancreatic Diversion:

    • All possible complications listed above.
    • Possible dumping syndrome.
    • Possible Diarrhea, nausea, shakiness, and faintness.
    • Large vitamin deficiency.
    • Infections.
    • Possible Anemia.
    • Possible Osteoporosis.
    • High risk surgery do to the reattachment of the small intestines further down the digestive tract which could cause digestive problems, leakage, and bleeding. 
  • Liposuction:

    • Most doctors will recommend still getting 30-60 minutes of exercise on most days during the week to keep from gaining back weight. 
    • Occasionally a person's body shape is not even after surgery. 
    • Fat will return to the body part the liposuction was performed on if the patient does not live a healthy enough lifestyle to maintain weight. 
    • Possible infections, blood clots, sensation changes at the site of the surgery, and many other complications. 
    • Possibility of fat cells forming and growing in different areas of the body than before surgery.
    • Possible complications with anesthesia and other drugs.
    • Not designed to be a weight loss solution.
  • Surgery should always be a last resort. If you want a better weight loss solution, with fewer risks, fewer limitations, greater health benefits, and at a more reasonable price, then physical fitness along with a healthy diet is a much better option.