Bariatric Surgery May Increase Risk of Self-Harm

by AILEEN SANCHEZ 

Staff Writer
A recent study shows that the risk for self-harm emergencies increase after surgery. Bariatric surgery is a procedure that helps people lose weight by reducing the size of the stomach. When diet, exercise, and behavioral counseling are unsuccessful is an effective treatment. This works by restricting gastric capacity and reducing absorption surface. Mental health is a common problem for obese patients and those who undergo bariatric surgery. Dilemmas include major depression and eating disorders. It is unclear if the self-harm behaviors include suicidal ideation and if suicidal attempts are mitigated or aggravated by surgery. Suicide risk for patients undergoing bariatric surgery is four times higher than the general population harm. Obesity related conditions such as type two diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Self-harm is fifty percent higher after surgery. Examples of self-harm include behaviors, medications, alcohol, poisoning by toxic chemicals, and physical trauma. The effect of surgery on the levels of neurohormones, which normally reduce the likelihood of depression and suicidal behaviors. This increases stress and anxiety in postoperative patients. 1.3% of patients had at least one self-harm emergency before or after surgery. People of thirty five years or older and those living in urban areas are frequently involved.

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