Bariatric surgery's main objective is weight loss. Most patients will lose most of their weight within a year after surgery. While there may be some additional weight loss after this time, it tends to be slower and less dramatic.
In addition to weight loss, bariatric surgery includes many more benefits including increased mobility, decrease in depression and often improves or resolves many other medical conditions including:
- Cardiovascular: High blood pressure, heart disease, elevated cholesterol, coronary artery disease, stroke, venous stasis disease, etc.
- Metabolic: Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
- Respiratory: Asthma, bronchitis, sleep apnea, hypoventilation syndrome, etc.
- Cancer-related: Colon, breast, endometrial and gallbladder cancer
- Musculoskeletal: Osteoarthritis and low back pain
- Other: Female hormonal abnormalities, heartburn, stress/urinary incontinence, nonalcoholic steatohepatits, etc.
In fact, the statistics are astounding for what medical conditions can be reduced or resolved by bariatric surgery.
- 98% resolved sleep apnea
- 98% to 72% resolved gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- 92 to 52% resolved high blood pressure
- 88 to 44% resolved stress urinary incontinence
- 83% resolved type 2 diabetes
- 82% resolved asthma and heart disease
- 63% resolved high cholesterol
- 55% resolved depression
With an improvement in these conditions you can expect to spend less on medications to treat such conditions. You can also expect to see an improvement in your quality of life. You’ll likely experience increased mobility, more energy, a higher self-esteem, become more confident with social interactions, and have an improved sexual drive.
Find out if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery
. If you think bariatric surgery is something you would like to learn more about, you can schedule an appointment with a Prevea bariatric surgeon
, attend one of our free bariatric surgery seminars
, or attend a bariatric surgery support group
to learn more.