How successful is bariatric surgery in treating morbid obesity?

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Steven C. Simper, MD
Vascular Surgery
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%-75% of excess weight.
  • Type 2 diabetes goes away in 76.8% of patients. It significantly improves in 86%.
  • High blood pressure goes away in 61.7% of those who have weight loss surgery. More than 78.5% of patients see significant improvements in their blood pressure.
  • More than 70% of patients have lower cholesterol.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea disappears in 85.7% of patients.
  • Joint disease, asthma and infertility are dramatically improved or go away.
Some impressive statistics regarding post-bariatric surgery outcomes for morbid obesity include:
  • Type 2 diabetes remission in 76.8% and significantly improved in 86% of patients
  • Hypertension eliminated in 61.7% and significantly improved in 78.5% of patients
  • High cholesterol reduced in more than 70% of patients
  • Obstructive sleep apnea eliminated in 85.7% of patients
  • Joint disease, asthma and infertility dramatically improved or resolved
  • People who have had bariatric surgery, on average, have lost between 62-75% of excess weight.

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