Most people who undergo bariatric surgery procedures such as gastric bypass, LAP-BAND surgery and gastroplasty lose about 60% of excess weight over the long-term. Bariatric surgery is typically coupled with a complete nutritional therapy and exercise regiment to help the patient ease into a healthy lifestyle and slowly lose excess weight in the healthiest way possible.
People living with morbid obesity often suffer from several non physical problems, cardiovascular diseases and respiratory problems which can be corrected after bariatric surgery. Here are just eight of many benefits of undergoing bariatric surgery:
1. Resolves diabetes. Several studies show that people who undergo bariatric surgery are effectively able to resolve or improve Type II diabetes. Having a high body fat content or a BMI over 40 increases the risk of developing insulin resistance. Weight loss surgery can help lower these risks.
2. Eliminating sleep apnea. Sleep apnea commonly experienced by people with bariatric surgery because excessive weight can block the air passages and interrupt a healthy night’s rest. People with sleep apnea are also at risk for falling asleep while driving and experiencing heart rhythm disorders. Losing the excess weight with bariatric procedures can eliminate sleep apnea and ensure the person enjoys a good night’s rest.
3. Improves posture. Many people who are excessively overweight are wearing out the cartilage between vertebrae in the spine. This results in a hunched appearance or rapid degeneration of certain bones in the back. Losing weight can curtail this process and help the individual practice better posture.
4. Reduces risk of gallbladder disease. People living with obesity are three times more likely to develop gallbladder disease than people of average weight. Reducing weight with bariatric surgery can help to lower this risk.
5. Reduces risk of heartburn. Heartburn results in excessive strain on the stomach valves after eating. When fat stores are pushed into the stomach, stomach acid can enter the esophagus. Reducing body weight can help reduce the side effects of this process and help prevent excessive scarring of the esophagus.
6. Reduces high cholesterol levels. Extremely overweight individuals are more at risk for developing higher than average blood cholesterol levels, which in turn can lead to a heart attack. Losing weight with bariatric surgery may reduce these risks.
7. Reduces hypertension. High blood pressure is a common side effect of obesity, and can cause a number of vascular problems that only worsen over time. Reducing body weight with surgery can help to slow down the damage caused by high blood pressure.
8. Lowers risk of joint problems. Many people living with morbid obesity experience symptoms of arthritis and other joint problems because of excessive strain on the major muscle groups.
Bariatric surgery can help you turn your life around and set you on the path to a healthier lifestyle. Learn more about bariatric procedures in our information guide, or consult with a bariatric surgeon in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for gastric bypass, gastric banding and other weight loss procedures.