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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 percent 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 percent and significantly improved in 86 percent of people
  • hypertension eliminated in 61.7 percent and significantly improved in 78.5 percent of people
  • high cholesterol reduced in more than 70 percent of people
  • obstructive sleep apnea eliminated in 85.7 percent of people
  • joint disease, asthma and infertility dramatically improved or resolved
  • people who have had bariatric surgery, on average, lose between 62 to 75 percent of excess weight
Dr. Melissa B. Bagloo, MD
Bariatric Medicine (Obesity Medicine) Specialist

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 percent 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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