Other than weight loss what is an additional benefit of bariatric surgery?

The benefits of bariatric (weight-loss) surgery are many, and research continues to reveal more positives. Bariatric surgery tames hunger, enabling people to feel satisfied with small amounts of food. It helps to eliminate or prevent many medical problems, and improves mobility, energy, self-image and the ability to lead an active life. When accompanied by sensible behavioral changes -- healthy nutritional choices and regular exercise -- people who have had bariatric surgery achieve and maintain more than 50% of excess weight loss for 10 years and longer.

Some impressive statistics regarding post-bariatric surgery outcomes include:
  • type 2 diabetes remission in 76.8% and significantly improved in 86% of people
  • hypertension eliminated in 61.7% and significantly improved in 78.5% of people
  • high cholesterol reduced in more than 70% of people
  • obstructive sleep apnea eliminated in 85.7% of people
  • joint disease, asthma and infertility dramatically improved or resolved
  • People who have had bariatric surgery, on average, lose between 62-75% of excess weight.
There is convincing evidence that weight-loss surgery has the ability to reduce heart attacks and even the risk of death. A few years ago, the New England Journal of Medicine published a landmark study that demonstrated that weight loss associated with bariatric surgery has a dramatic and positive effect on cardiovascular disease. In the study, there was a 56 percent reduction in heart attacks in the group that had bariatric surgery, compared to those who were obese and did not have the surgery. The research also proved that bariatric surgery reduced overall mortality (death rate) by 40 percent.
Weight loss is only a small component of the benefits of bariatric surgery. The health benefits of bariatric surgery far outweigh the cosmetic appeal. Bariatric surgery has been shown to improve the comorbidities and the mortality that is associated with morbid obesity. The risk of death has been shown to be 35% lower in extremely obese patients who underwent bariatric surgery when compared to those who did not. Health benefits after bariatric surgery include improvements in hypertension, heart disease, hyperlipidemia, type 2 diabetes mellitus, obstructive sleep apnea, restrictive pulmonary disease, infertility, degenerative joint disease, urinary incontinence, gastroesophageal reflux disease, fatty liver disease, and a lower risk of certain cancers.

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Weight Loss Procedures and Surgeries

Weight Loss Procedures and Surgeries

Weight loss surgery procedures, including liposuction, gastric bypass, gastric botox and Lap Band surgery are viable options for those needing help with excessive weight loss. But they aren't without their risks. Weight loss surge...

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