Health Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
A lifelong commitment to weight control and better health
Are you ready to make weight loss surgery part of your journey toward improving your health and regaining the life you deserve? No matter your personal situation, we offer a path away from the frustration of struggling with weight, and to a healthier and more energetic future.
Is it Right for You?
Our experienced team will evaluate your unique condition and help you determine the best course of treatment. To determine if you’re a candidate for bariatric surgery, we’ll ask you the following types of questions:
- Are you 100 pounds or more overweight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher?
- Are you 80 pounds overweight with a BMI of 35 or higher, plus conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea?
- Do you have a history of obesity?
- Have you made multiple attempts to lose weight without long-term success?Are you willing to make lifelong changes in your diet? And follow other lifestyle changes recommended by our weight loss team?
Over the years, research has shown that after bariatric (weight loss) surgery, those with obesity lose 50% or more of their excess weight in the first year. Plus, up to an astonishing 90% of obesity-related conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, acid reflux, and arthritis are resolved or notably improved.
The following life-changing benefits have also been reported by our patients:
- Overall enhanced quality of life
- Increased energy
- Improved self-esteem and self-confidence
- Reduction in medication intake to manage obesity-related conditions
We offer a range of options to help determine, together, the most appropriate weight loss procedure for you.
Specific Health Benefits
Weight loss surgery can help improve or even diminish major health conditions associated with obesity such as:
Weight loss surgery is an effective treatment option for obesity-related diabetes, especially Type 2. If you have a BMI of over 35, this type of surgery may be the right choice for you. After your weight loss surgery, your sensitivity to insulin will increase which means you should respond better to oral medication and any requirement for insulin injections will be reduced.
Losing weight makes a world of difference in helping to protect and maintain your heart’s health. According to research, there exists a significant drop in predicted cardiovascular risk for those who have had bariatric surgery compared to those who have not. After surgery, losing weight takes a bit of strain off the heart and lowers the risk of heart failure. However, there isn’t yet enough concrete evidence to actually prove that weight loss surgery can prevent heart disease.
We all know too much cholesterol can cause potentially serious problems. However, those who have undergone gastric bypass surgery have demonstrated near normal cholesterol and triglyceride levels within just a few months. A more corrected balance of cholesterol helps to clear plaque and also reduces risks associated with cholesterol build-up in the arteries.
Bariatric surgery is proven to reduce the effects of and in some cases cure sleep apnea. We still recommend, however, that CPAP therapy be continued for roughly six months after your weight loss surgery. After a year, we’ll reassess your situation together.
There seems to be a link between some cancers and obesity. However, according to several recent clinical studies, weight loss surgery reduced cancer mortality rate in patients from 29-89% when compared to a group of individuals with morbid obesity who have not undergone surgery.
According to research, depression and obesity are closely related. One is known to lead to the other, and vice versa. After bariatric surgery and lifestyle changes, however, self-esteem is known to increase. As a result, this type of surgery most definitely can help those with depression.
Many studies have proven that gastric bypass surgery can give those with obesity excellent control of issues associated with acid reflux. In fact, weight loss surgery may be an even better option for acid reflux because patients will also benefit from significant weight loss.
There’s a known link between obesity and osteoarthritis of the knee and hips. Specific surgery to treat osteoarthritis may not be an option for those with obesity. However, weight loss after bariatric surgery can help improve osteoarthritis.
Undergoing weight loss surgery can help to improve urinary stress incontinence. When less weight is placed on the bladder, among other physical changes, significantly fewer incidents of incontinence may occur.