Why is Weight Loss Surgery Beneficial?

Overweight and obesityBariatric surgery, more prominently known as weight loss surgery has a long list of benefits. Especially to those who have a low quality of life from being overweight and patients who have comorbidities, or health problems.

While weight loss is imminent after surgery, most patients lose weight rapidly and continue to do so for up to 36 months following surgery (as long as proper diet and exercise routine is followed).

1. Fast Weight Loss

Patients can expect to lose their excess weight in 1 to 2 years under medical supervision. The average weight loss is between 50-70% of excess body weight 6 to 12 months following surgery.

During this time, patients establish their healthy diet and exercise routine, which allows them to continue to lose weight rapidly. Ultimately, bariatric surgeries help you become full faster, so you’re consuming fewer calories. This results in rapid weight loss.

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2. Improved Health With Comorbidities

Some of the most common obesity-related health conditions are Type II Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obstructive sleep apnea, and heart disease. Whether it is a gastric sleeve, gastric banding, gastric bypass or duodenal switch surgery, all of these weight loss surgeries have shown improvements in these medical conditions following surgery.

Type II Diabetes (T2DM) is growing rapidly around the world and bariatrics is an effective treatment for patients – more effective than conventional diet change and medication. In one study alone, 77% of Type II Diabetes patients were able to stop taking their diabetes medications.

A survey showed that nearly 60% of high blood pressure patients could stop taking medication and 80% of them saw improvement in their blood pressure readings.

Other medical improvements were shown in asthma, gastroesophageal reflux, stress urinary incontinence, lower back pain, and joint pain too. Asthma sufferers find that they have less severe or fewer attacks and sometimes none. For acid reflux sufferers, patients are significantly relieved of their symptoms just a few days following weight loss surgery.

For gallbladder disease patients, surgeons can remove the organ during weight loss surgery to avoid any further pain and the risk of developing gallstones following surgery. For those with lower back pain, degenerative disk or joint disease, losing just 25 pounds can result in relief and greater comfort overall.

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3. Improved Quality of Life

benefits of weight loss surgery - couple cutting vegetables for a healthy mealAccording to a National Business Coalition on Health study, bariatric surgery has helped patients lose over 50% of their excess weight in just three months following their operation type leading to an overall better outlook on life.

Overall your quality of life will improve. This is because you will learn how to eat properly and to eat less will not make you feel deprived in any sense. Many clinical studies have shown that bariatric surgery patients felt better following their weight loss surgery and spent more time doing physical activities.

The patients also mentioned that they were more productive and had more self-confidence than before their bariatric surgery.

4. Emotional and Psychological Improvements

Depression and anxiety instances lowered, and there was an overall improvement in one’s emotional well-being and social skills. Most people had more energy and thus a better outlook on life.

Weight loss contributes to higher self-esteem, which will help eliminate the need for emotional overeating, which made obese individuals suffer from.

5. Extended Life Expectancy

Studies show that the risk of early death for obese individuals is twice as likely as that of an average weight individual. A clinical study shows that gastric bypass surgery reduces the mortality rate in patients with severe obesity by over 89% in just five years.

6. Saving Money

Ultimately losing weight will help obese individuals save money on prescriptions, doctor visits, other surgeries related to their comorbidities and the overall cost of food will go down too.

Ultimately, weight loss surgery has many benefits that should be considered when deciding whether or not this is the right path for you.

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Resources: American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Benefits of Bariatric Surgery