8 Benefits of Bariatric Surgery Besides Helping You Lose Weight

Overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions. Roughly two out of every three American adults have a BMI of 30 or above, putting them in the obese category. What’s more, one in 13 adults has a BMI over 40 — a critical point where health risks skyrocket.

Bariatric surgery is an effective solution for obesity. It restricts the amount of food your stomach holds, causing rapid weight loss, but that isn’t the only advantage. Our experts reveal eight major ways bariatric surgery benefits patients aside from weight loss.

Benefit No. 1: Often cures Type 2 diabetes

Roughly 80% of bariatric patients go into complete remission of Type 2 diabetes soon after undergoing surgery, eliminating the need for medication, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Within six years of undergoing weight loss surgery, more than 60% of patients show no signs of diabetes. A further 30% can reduce their medication and better control their blood sugar. This means 90% of patients who undergo bariatric surgery see significant improvement or complete remission.

Benefit No. 2: Reduces heart disease risk

Many patients who come to the Surgical Clinic of Louisiana for bariatric surgery have high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels, among other health complaints, putting them at a greater risk for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

After undergoing gastric bypass surgery, blood pressure often decreases significantly, as does cholesterol and triglyceride levels, greatly reducing the chances of death due to heart attack or stroke.

Benefit No. 3: Drives healthier eating habits long-term

One of the first things bariatric patients notice following surgery is a decrease in the amount of they’re able to eat. This is due not only to the reduced stomach size, but also to changes that occur in hunger hormones.

Bariatric surgery often alters key hormones that drive eating behaviors so you don’t feel as hungry or have to contend with food cravings. This gives patients the motivation and ability to choose healthier, more nutritious foods.

Benefit No. 4: Lessens risks of sleep apnea

Being overweight is a major risk factor for sleep apnea, a condition where your breathing stops several times while sleeping. The result is reduced quality of sleep, fatigue, irritability, and a lower quality of life, to name a few.

The good news is patients who opt for life-saving bariatric surgery experience significant improvements in sleep apnea and an improved quality of life as a result.

Benefit No. 5: Promotes better self-esteem

Low mood, decreased self-esteem, and depression often go hand in hand with obesity. The social stigma of being overweight often leads to a poor body image, reduced social connections, and isolation.

As patients lose weight, they often report feeling better and having an improved body image that leads them to going out more, becoming more involved in their community, and establishing stronger social bonds, as well as relief from depression and low mood.

Benefit No. 6: Increases mobility

Excess weight places a great amount of stress on your joints, and it’s common for patients we see at Surgical Clinic of Louisiana to have joint pain and problems getting around. Just walking a short distance may be impractical for some.

As you lose weight following bariatric surgery, you experience reduced pressure on your joints. Many patients have reported improved mobility, and they find they’re able to walk more, be more active with their family, and participate more in physical activities, not to mention having reduced joint soreness.

Benefit No. 7: Boosts fertility

Being overweight influences more than your cholesterol, blood sugar, and joints. It also has a negative impact on fertility. Patients with high BMIs have more trouble getting pregnant than their healthy-weight counterparts.

Even well before you reach your goal weight, the initial weight loss improves fertility in obese women. In fact, losing just 5-7% of your body weight improves your chances of getting pregnant. Losing weight also improves fertility complications, promoting a healthier pregnancy and delivery.

Benefit No 8: Improves fatty liver disease

Obesity is one of the most significant risk factors for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and many patients find improvement in this area following bariatric surgery. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease occurs when your liver cells store too much fat. Patients most commonly experience enlarged liver and fatigue, among other symptoms.

While it was initially thought that rapid weight loss would aggravate fatty liver disease, it has been shown that bariatric surgery and the subsequent weight loss improve fatty liver disease in many patients.

If you’re ready for a new lease on life, contact the Surgical Clinic of Louisiana in Marrero, Louisiana, for more information and to schedule an initial consultation for bariatric surgery. Our team is eager to discuss how bariatric surgery can improve your health and life. Call today or book online to get started.

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