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How successful is bariatric surgery in treating morbid obesity?

Clinically severe obesity is having a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 35 with related medical conditions, or a BMI greater than or equal to 40.

There are some impressive statistics regarding the success of bariatric surgery in treating obesity. For example:

  • People who have had bariatric surgery, on average, lose between 62 to 75 percent of excess weight.
  • Type 2 diabetes goes away in 76.8 percent of patients. It significantly improves in 86 percent .
  • High blood pressure goes away in 61.7 percent of those who have weight loss surgery. More than 78.5 percent of patients see significant improvements in their blood pressure.
  • More than 70 percent of patients have lower cholesterol.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea disappears in 85.7 percent of patients.
  • Joint disease, asthma and infertility are dramatically improved or go away.

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