The Bariatric and Hernia Institute
7500 Greenway Center Drive
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Benefits Of Weight Loss Surgery
Many Americans struggle with their weight and its bad effects on health. The typical history is that of someone making several attempts to lose weight with efforts including fad diets, commercial diets, diet pills, exercise programs and boot camps. The person often will lose a modest amount of weight for a short time and then regain the weight and sometimes more once the effort stops.
Weight loss surgery offers an option for long-term weight loss that is sustainable for individuals that are committed to being healthy and adopting a healthy lifestyle. Weight loss surgery is typically reserved for someone that is at least 100 pounds overweight and experiencing the health complications of obesity. It is also recommended for obese persons trying to avoid the development of health problems.
Common weight loss surgeries include the gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy or “gastric sleeve”, and the gastric band. Success depends on daily lifestyle changes that focus on small, protein-based meals with low caloric intake. Additionally, regular physical activity, support groups and routine office visits are necessary. Below are some benefits of weight loss surgery.
The benefits of weight loss surgery start almost immediately after surgery. There is usually early weight loss, which continues for up to two years. Patients lose over 100 pounds on average.
Reversal of Health Problems
Many health conditions are reversed after surgery. Diabetic patients, for example, have an immediate reduction or even cessation of their diabetic medications. Many will not need to go back on these medications. Other conditions that are reversed or have significant improvement include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, acid reflux and arthritis.
Better Quality of Life
Individuals experience increased energy, increased stamina and better mood. For many, it means no more shortness of breath when walking, being able to walk farther distances, reduction in the joint and back pains that have been present for years, or simply getting more restful sleep at night. There is a greater tendency to engage in social events and feeling comfortable, especially so with children and grandchildren.
Decreased Health Costs
Improved health means cutting down on daily medication needs, spending less on medications, and decreased need for medical visits and hospitalizations. Improved health also means avoiding health complications that may be waiting over the next 5-10 years or further into the future.