Bariatric surgery is a big step forward, and most patients are excited to get started on a new way of life. This is especially true for those who have long been struggling to lose weight or manage symptoms of weight-related medical issues.
Outcomes of bariatric surgery often vary from one person to the next. However, most patients notice rapid improvement in everything from excess weight to disease risk, making this surgery a great way to help patients look better and feel healthier.
Here are some advantages you can expect after undergoing a bariatric procedure:
Significant Weight Loss
Losing weight is, of course, one of the primary objectives of bariatric surgery. Excess weight is generally a main contributing factor to a decision to begin the process of seeking surgical resources. In fact, a majority patients cite a desire to slim down as their primary motivation for moving forward with surgery.
Results are not consistent and will vary among both patients and procedures, but dramatic weight loss is possible for all individuals, no matter which surgery you choose.
- Gastric bypass patients often see the fastest weight loss due to the changes to the digestive tract made during surgery, but weight loss averages are lower at around 40%.
- Adjustable gastric band surgery leads to slow, steady weight loss over the course of years. For those who adopt and maintain healthy habits, an overall loss of 50% of excess weight is expected.
- Loss from a gastric sleeve procedure is steady when combined with diet and exercise, averaging total losses of 60% to 65% of excess weight.
Increase in Overall Health
Weight loss isn't the only positive bariatric surgery result. In terms of overall health, there are numerous vital benefits that can accompany the process of losing weight.
Diabetes risk, in particular, decreases significantly after bariatric surgery, helping patients to control symptoms. Furthermore, weight loss surgery can even trigger remission in some patients who suffer from type 2 diabetes. Some hospitals now use bariatric surgery to treat diabetic patients regardless of obesity.
Weight gain and obesity are tied to many other medical conditions ranging from stroke and heart disease to sleep apnea. As such, weight loss from surgery can offer many benefits to patients, including:
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
- Lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Elimination of sleep apnea
- Reduction of muscle and joint pain
- Improved fertility
- Reduced cancer risk
An Improvement in Your Quality of Life!
While the physical health benefits of bariatric surgery are undeniable, our experience at Olde Del Mar Surgical is that the most meaningful benefits involve the powerful increase in your quality of life.
Our patients come to us years later with incredible accounts of healthier relationships, improved self esteem, and better mobility. They are able to be more active with their children. They can finally do things with ease that used to cause physical pain or shame.
Dr. Bhoyrul breaks down these life-changing benefits that extend way beyond weight loss:
If you are looking forward to bariatric surgery results, including significant weight loss and reduced risk of critical health issues, Olde Del Mar Surgical is here to help. Contact our team today to schedule a consultation or to learn more about what surgery can mean for whole body health.