What medical conditions can improve after weight loss surgery?

Diabetes, hypertension and a host of other diseases have long been associated with obesity. In this video, bariatric surgeon Alfredo Fernandez, MD, from Brandon Regional Hospital, explains how bariatric surgery can reverse those conditions.
Too much body weight is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, from elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes.
These conditions can contribute to heart attacks, strokes, and heart and kidney damage. After weight loss surgery, all of these risk factors can improve. In some cases, there is significant improvement.
Some weight loss patients see complete resolution of type 2 diabetes, or at least a greatly reduced risk for acquiring the long-term metabolic disorder.
Many patients also no longer suffer from sleep apnea or other respiratory issues after successful weight loss surgery.
Health issues that can improve after weight-loss surgery include diabetes, heart disease, cholesterol level, and sleep apnea. Of course, increased mobility and self-esteem are added benefits.

Studies have shown that weight-loss surgery not only can promote sustained weight loss in obese people, but it can also substantially reduce the odds of developing Type 2 diabetes.

For those who are obese and already have diabetes, weight-loss surgery has been found to be more effective than drugs, diet and exercise in causing a remission of the disease.
Weight loss has been associated with improvements in a number of medical conditions. These include but are not limited to hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, fatty liver disease, obstructive sleep apnea, asthma, joint pain, PCOS, and gastroesophageal reflux. In addition, it has been associated with lower risk of mortality.
Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Conditions that may improve after weight loss surgery include asthma, diabetes, hypertension, and gastroesophageal reflux, and sleep apnea. After having bariatric surgery including lap banding, gastroplasty, and stomach reduction surgery, patients may lose an incredible amount of weight. After that weight loss, medications for high blood pressure, hypercholesterolemia, and diabetes may be reduced or no longer necessary. Please consult your physician.

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