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BENEFITS OF BARIATRIC SURGERY
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Learn about the benefits of bariatric surgery and the lifestyle opportunities that can be yours when you commit to weight-loss success. Our NJ experts are here to help!
What is Bariatric Surgery?
Weight-loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, has helped millions of people shed their excess weight and live healthier lives. It is an effective means of long-term weight loss. In study after study, weight-loss methods such as Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, Atkins, diet pills and shakes, fad diets, and most other means have been shown not to offer any substantial long-term weight loss in the majority of people.
Weight-loss surgery is a tool that allows you to transform your eating habits so that you can successfully lose weight and keep it off. The resulting health benefits are clear. Think back to when you were 100 or more pounds lighter. Did you have all of the health issues that you have now? Did you feel better? Did you have a better outlook on life?
If you have tried and failed to lose weight by other means, you may want to consider weight-loss surgery. In considering weight-loss surgery, it is important to select a bariatric program that offers a strong pre- and postoperative care plan. Weight-loss surgery is a lifelong commitment on your part and the program, hospital and surgeon you choose for your surgery should be one that will continue to support you throughout your journey.
Research suggests that experienced surgeons who operate out of hospitals that are designated “Centers of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery,” such as Hackensack University Medical Center, have the best overall results.
The benefits of bariatric surgery
Bariatric surgery continues to benefit people struggling with morbid obesity worldwide. Most importantly, bariatric surgery saves lives. Recent studies show that bariatric surgery patients are living longer lives than morbidly obese individuals. You also can see the benefits of bariatric surgery when you look back on how individual lives have improved.
Reduction in mortality (extended life expectancy)
Reduced lifespan due to obesity is important to consider. Compared to a person of normal weight, a 25-year-old obese man has a reduced life span, and he can expect a loss of about 12 years of life. Bariatric surgery has been shown to improve lifespan by reducing excess body weight. In a recent study, bariatric surgery reduced overall mortality and the development of new health-related conditions in morbidly obese patients.
Resolution of obesity-related health conditions
Obesity-related health conditions that may be improved or resolved with bariatric surgery include:
- Type 2 diabetes1
- High blood pressure1
- High cholesterol1
- Osteoarthritis of weight-bearing joints2
- Sleep apnea/respiratory problems1
- Gastroesophageal reflux/heartburn4
- Urinary stress incontinence6
- Menstrual irregularities5
- Skin breakdown8
- Extremity venous stasis9
- Long-term weight loss10
Bariatric surgery has been shown to be the most effective long-term weight-loss treatment. The amount of weight a patient will lose after the procedure depends upon several factors. These include age, preoperative weight, motivation, exercise, and compliance with follow-up.
Surgery is likely to be used more widely given that the number of Americans with a BMI greater than 40 has risen significantly in the last decade. Each year, more and more people are realizing that weight-loss surgery is the answer for them.
Bariatric surgery, by reducing excess body weight and improving overall health, can improve patients’ lives in many personal ways. Some benefits are common among patients; others are unique to each individual patient.
Here are some of the surgery benefits patients have described:
- Improvement of medical conditions
- Improved job or career prospects
- Reduced shortness of breath
- Increased energy level
- Regularly getting a good night of sleep
- Greater confidence
- Improved dating life
- Greater variety in choice of clothes
- Exercise is more rewarding
1 Biological effects of bariatric surgery on obesity-related comorbidities
2 Reduction in obesity-related comorbidities: Is gastric bypass better than sleeve gastrectomy?
3 Anxiety and depression in bariatric surgery patients: a prospective, follow-up study using structured clinical interviews
4 The effect of bariatric surgery on gastroesophageal reflux disease
5 Bariatric surgery and fertility
6 Effects of bariatric surgery on urinary incontinence
7 Effect of bariatric surgery on asthma control, lung function and bronchial and systemic inflammation in morbidly obese subjects with asthma
8 Skin changes after bariatric surgery
9 Risks and benefits of gastric bypass in morbidly obese patients with severe venous stasis disease
10 Long-term outcomes following bariatric surgery
For additional information, all prospective patients are invited to attend a free educational seminar.
Seminars are a great source of information about the procedure you are considering, and they allow you to meet the surgeons as well as ask any questions you may have. You may also have the opportunity to meet some post-operative patients.