Advantages of Weight Loss Surgery
Health benefits of weight loss surgery
There are number of health benefits achieved with weight loss surgery:
Type II Diabetes
Most patients experience an improvement in control of their diabetes following bariatric surgery. 77% of diabetes patients are able to stop taking their diabetes medications after surgery.
Over 60% of patients with high blood pressure are able to stop medications and nearly 80% have an improvement in their high blood pressure.
Many patients have undiagnosed sleep apnea at their initial evaluation for weight loss surgery. It is important to be tested and start treatment prior to surgery to minimize the risk of complications. 68-95% of patients have resolution of their sleep apnea symptoms following bariatric surgery.
Many patients seeking treatment have elevated cholesterol or lipids prior to surgery. Lipid profiles are improved in 60-95% of patients after weight loss procedures.
Quality of Life
Patients report an improved quality of life and increased activity after weight loss surgery.
Multiple studies have shown a decrease in the long term risk of death in obese individuals after weight loss surgery, mainly due to a reduction in death from cardiovascular disease and cancer. The reduction in risk of death is even greater in those people that have diabetes.