Unfortunately, not everyone shares the same childhood experience. According to research released by Dr Zacharia, while the majority of children underwent the utmost love and support from their parents and relatives, others had to struggle and live dubiously as they experience physical and sexual abuse from their perpetrator/s.
As a result of the abuse they encountered, some victims undergo plastic surgery just to hide their injuries and any other traces of abuse in the past. Meanwhile, others resort to drugs, alcohol intake, and other vices as a way of recovering themselves from such traumatic experience. Other victims, on the other hand, develop an eating disorder, which ultimately leads them to malnutrition and/or obesity.
In line with obesity, bariatric surgery has become a popular choice in terms of invasive weight loss therapy. They say that this is lifechanging in a sense that it helps boost confidence, reduces depression, and encourages a healthier lifestyle.
Albeit giving off a positive review, studies reveal that there is a crucial difference between individuals undergoing the procedure with a history of abuse and those who did not have such cruel experience.
The Outcome After the Surgical Procedure
A study was conducted in regards to patients with a history of physical and/or sexual abuse and patients without such experience. It was hypnotized that the former who underwent the said surgery lose less weight compared to the latter. Although it was also assured that the former would initially lose some pounds.
Despite the comparison, both population still benefits from this procedure over time. However, abused individuals might need support from nutritional and psychological experts for them to have a smooth transition in terms of the changes they encounter after bariatric surgery.
Bariatric surgery may boost confidence, but it also causes personality change due to the shift of hormones, particularly serotonin, that occurs after the procedure. Those who experienced abuse might instigate conflict, especially among married couples.
Those who experienced abuse from their significant other pre-surgery might make the conflict worse after the operation due to personality changes. Meanwhile, those who are happily married do not encounter such drastic change in their life post-op.
Risk of Malnutrition
During the surgical procedure conducted last 2009 and 2010 in Nebraska, a feeding tube was inserted in the small intestine of their patients who underwent the invasive process of weight loss to prevent malnutrition while trying to recover. This also allowed the researchers to observe the time the feeding tube was needed for patients who experienced abuse and those who did not.
The outcome showed that patients with the aforesaid history needed the feeding tube days longer than those who did not have such abusive experience. These patients are certainly at risk for malnutrition and needed support from nutritionists and mental health experts for a better recovery.
Overall, bariatric surgery is a good option for anyone who wants to undergo a positive physical change. It may give different effects on individuals with abusive experience and without the aforementioned experience, but as long as the recovery transition is smooth, it might completely lead to a more optimistic result for both populations.