Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery
Bariatric surgery is the only safe and effective treatment that provides sustained and substantial relief from chronic, severe obesity. It is successful for the vast majority of patients and the rates of side effects or complications are low. For most patients, the surgery resolves or significantly improves:
- type 2 diabetes;
- high blood pressure;
- high cholesterol;
- heart disease;
- obstructive sleep apnea.
Patients gaining the benefits of weight-loss surgery often find they need progressively fewer medications than they have previously taken to control the effects of obesity. Bariatric surgery improves lifespan, reducing risk of death from a variety of causes, and may prevent some cancers.
Surgical weight loss also improves overall quality of life and enhances an individual’s options in life. It restores physical function such as mobility. It also positively affects self-esteem, work experience, social interactions, intimate relationships, and sexual function. It reduces unemployment and disability. Furthermore, obese individuals who undergo bariatric surgery are significantly less likely to suffer from depression or anxiety than obese individuals who do not undergo such treatment.
The number of patients availing themselves of bariatric surgery has surged in recent years as results have continued to prove these positive outcomes and surgical techniques have advanced. And for many of these patients, the benefits are dramatic.