Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery

Long-Term Weight Loss

One of the most important benefits of gastric bypass surgery is weight loss!

A research study shows that most patients lose up to 70% of their excess weight the first year after surgery. Over 15 years most patients maintained a significant weight loss. The amount of weight a patient loses and the speed at which that weight is lost varies for many reasons. Some studies show that men lose faster than women and those patients with higher BMI's (or higher weights) pre-operatively, lose faster. Many studies reflect the fact that many patients lose up to 95% of their excess weight. How close you come to achieving your goal weight depends on your commitment to healthy lifestyle changes.

Improved Health

Before surgery, numerous patients have serious health problems (or comorbidities) like diabetes and high blood pressure. They may take several medications and may need CPAP for sleep apnea all related to excess weight. Studies show that with significant weight loss, many patients are able to get off of all medications and experience an improvement in their overall health. Do not stop taking any prescribed medications unless your surgeon or family doctor has recommended it.

In the chart below, from a study conducted by Dr. Wittgrove, you can see how most health problems decreased or completely resolved after gastric bypass surgery.

Comorbidity Comparison in gastric bypass

Condition Pre-Op Post-Op
 
GERD (Refliux disease) 269 4
HYPERCHOLESTEROL 275 8
HYPERTRIGLYCERIDE 158 1
DIABETES 85 1
GLUCOSE INTOLERANCE 50 0
STRESS INCONTINENCE 201 6
SLEEP APNEA 225 5
HYPERTENSION
(High Blood Pressure)
118 10
ARTHRITIS (symptomatic) 371 36
Total  1752 71

Proximal Gastric Bypass Long Term Outcomes
Alan Wittgrove, MD, FACS; G. Wesley Clark, MD

Increased Quality of Life

After having surgery and losing a significant amount of weight, a lot of patients have a renewed ability to enjoy life and relationships. According to the Bariatric Analysis and Reporting Outcome System (BAROS) some of the areas that could improve after surgery include:

  • % of Excess weight loss
  • Medical conditions
  • Physical
  • Self esteem
  • Ability to work
  • Social
  • Love Life

"Only surgery has proven effective over the long term for most patients with clinically severe obesity"

National Institutes of Health Consensus (Development Conference Statement)

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Jun 05
Informational Seminar, 10 a.m.
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Jun 10
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Heritage Valley Sewickley
Jul 08
Bariatric Support Group
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