Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery

Losing excess weight with the help of bariatric surgery can have significant benefits for your health. The results are well documented and sometimes quite dramatic. Here are some common improvements you may notice as you transition from obesity to a healthy weight:

  • Reducing or eliminating high blood pressure and high cholesterol. High blood pressure is often eliminated by weight loss surgery.
  • Lowering risk of heart disease. Although research hasn’t proven a direct correlation between weight loss surgery and reduction in heart disease, common sense suggests that by reducing blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes risk, and other issues related to obesity, your heart health will benefit.
  • Preventing or improving diabetes. Weight loss can help normalize blood sugar levels, often reversing pre-diabetes issues, halting diabetes progression, or preventing diabetes.
  • Reducing asthma and sleep apnea. Your breathing is likely to improve, both when you’re awake and asleep. People who once snored may no longer do so within a year of surgery. If you have asthma, you may find that your attacks become fewer and less severe.
  • Improving gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD can be greatly relieved as early as a few days after surgery. If you have both GERD and asthma, you may find particular benefit in breathing easier with weight loss.
  • Resolving gallstones or gallbladder disease. If you have gallstones or gallbladder disease, your surgeon might be able to resolve the problem during weight loss surgery.
  • Relieving stress urinary incontinenceReducing your body weight often relieves or cures stress urinary incontinence. If you continue to have problems, corrective surgery later could have much better results as your pelvic floor has much less weight to support.
  • Improving muscle, joint, and disc health. Losing as little as 25 pounds can greatly reduce stress on your joints and back, alleviating the pain of disc disease in your back or general pain in your low back, knees, and ankles.

Added potential benefits of weight loss surgery include saving on doctor visits, prescriptions, and overall medical costs. Typically, being at a more ideal weight means you’ll have fewer illnesses related to obesity, such as having less sick days at work, issues fitting into a chair at the theater or paying extra for more room on a plane flight. After weight loss surgery, people tend to spend less on food or eating out, as well.

In total, there are many benefits to achieving a healthier, more active life through weight loss surgery.

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