Benefits of Bariatric 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;
- and obstructive sleep apnea.
After weight loss surgery, patients often find they need progressively fewer medications than they previously took to control the affects of obesity. Bariatric surgery improves lifespan, reducing risk of death from a variety of causes.
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 among those who take advantage of it. 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.