How effective is bariatric surgery?

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Bariatric surgery can be effective for weight loss and improvement of quality of life depending on the type of procedure you get, and post-procedure compliance. In this video, bariatric surgeon Michael Snyder, MD, explains the results one can expect.
Weight loss surgery is very effective, according to Bernie Hanna, MD, from Sunrise Hospital, but you have to consider each patients' health goals. Learn more in this video.
Steven C. Simper, MD
Vascular Surgery
Bariatric (weight loss) surgery works very well. Five years after surgery, a person has successfully lost between 60%-70% of their excess weight. Medical problems such as diabetes, high blood fat (hyperlipidemia), high blood pressure, and sleep apnea go away in most patients who have the surgery. The benefits, including weight loss and improved lifestyle, are still present ten years after surgery for most people.
Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
The effectiveness of bariatric surgery cannot be argued. Each procedure successfully reduces between 60% and 70% of the excess weight. Medical problems such as diabetes, high blood fat (hyperlipidemia), high blood pressure, and sleep apnea go away in most patients who have the surgery. The benefits, including weight loss and improved lifestyle, are still present ten years after surgery. It is no wonder that this is the most rapidly growing field in general surgery.
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