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Surprise Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

If your body mass index (BMI) is 30 or greater, you may be considering gastric bypass, gastric sleeve or other bariatric (weight loss) surgery. It’s important to understand that with successful bariatric surgery comes long-term weight loss success. Dramatic weight loss brings a range of benefits from increased health and longevity to improved self-esteem, energy and quality of life, including being more active. After losing 50 percent or more of their excess weight, most patients have noted they feel better than they have felt in their entire lives. Specific benefits include more restful sleep, improved mood and a greater sense of fulfillment in work and relationships.

Weight Loss Surgery Boosts Longevity 

When combined with a comprehensive treatment plan, bariatric surgery may increase your quality of health and longevity by improving or curing many obesity-related conditions, such as: 

  • Asthma and breathing disorders
  • Bone/joint damage
  • Cancer
  • Cerebrovascular disease and stroke
  • Cholesterol abnormalities
  • Chronic pain
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea
  • Type 2 diabetes

Some patients with Type 2 diabetes leave the hospital with normal blood sugar and have no need for diabetic medications after bariatric surgery. Additionally, people who reduce excess weight may also need to take fewer medications used to treat other obesity-related conditions.

Bariatric Surgery Improves Quality of Life

Not only are patients healthier after weight loss surgery, but quality of life is positively affected with an increase in mobility, social interactions and sexual function. Depression and anxiety are also reduced following bariatric surgery. In fact, most patients look forward to being actively involved in life again.

Sources

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: Benefits of Bariatric Surgery.

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: Life After Bariatric Surgery.

 

Author: Dr. Ryland Scott | Filed under: Post Surgery | Tags: bariatric surgery, BMI, Diabetes, Floyd Center for Bariatric Surgery, gastric bypass, Gastric sleeve, Lose weight, Sleep apnea, weight loss, weight loss surgery
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