If you are thinking that an abdominal infection sounds like bad news, you are, of course, correct. Now, let's pause for a moment. It is pretty easy for any of us to scare ourselves via self-diagnosis on the Internet.
Just because you have a stomachache or some other stomach related issues doesn't mean that you have an infection.
When is it most likely to get an infection in your abdomen? That is one of the key questions we will address in this article.
Operations and Infections
Most people will never have a serious infection in their abdominal region.
It is most likely to occur after surgery. As with any operation, there is a risk of both death and infection.
Since operations for a wide range of purposes have become increasingly commonplace in recent years, many of us have forgotten that surgery comes with a range of risks.
For those having gastric bypass surgery, for example, abdominal infection is a considerable risk.
While the statistics vary on how likely it is that those who undergo gastric bypass surgery will develop a serious infection, it is accurate to state that the risk is not minor.
How is an Infection in the Abdomen Treated?
There are many different ways to treat such an infection. Typically, the first course of action is antibiotics. It is important to point out that if you've had gastric bypass surgery or any kind of surgery, you shouldn't ignore any painful symptoms under any circumstances.
Infections can spread very quickly. When left untreated, an infection in your abdomen can be extremely serious.
The Very Real Risks of Gastric Bypass Surgery
All of this serves to underscore a very important message; gastric bypass surgery, like all surgeries, comes with a variety of risks including the very real risk of abdominal infection. As part of being responsible for your health, it is necessary to take the risks of gastric bypass surgery quite seriously.
For some patients, gastric bypass surgery is seen as a must and is even highly recommended by a doctor. However, this is not the situation for everyone.
An operation like gastric bypass surgery should not be seen as the "first stop" in losing weight. Diet modification that includes the elimination of fast food and processed food should be your first and more important stop. Consult with your doctor and get a second opinion before proceeding with any operation.
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