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(Source: JAMA 2012.)
Like any other surgical procedure, bariatric surgery too has its share of pros and cons. For people who do not suffer from morbid obesity, the pros of bariatric surgery overshadow its negatives. However, it is important to mentally prepare for this procedure.
Some of the advantages of weight loss surgery are:
Bariatric patients benefit from weight loss success in the long run.
According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), over 90% of severely obese bariatric patients are able to keep off 50% or more of the excess weight lost successfully.1
Among the morbidly obese, nearly 80% of them are able to keep of more than half of the weight loss in the long run.
Weight loss surgery is not a shortcut to weight loss. It is a lifestyle change that requires constant commitment towards better health and fitness. One needs to stay focused and get through all the weight loss stalls.
Better Health and Resolution of Co-morbidities
If the patient follows the right post-op lifestyle, it can help in elimination of related co-morbidities.
Some of the health conditions that can be aggravated by obesity but which get resolved in bariatric patients are:
- Hypertension or High Blood Pressure (HBP)
- Type II Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM)
- Abnormal Cholesterol
- Sleep Apnea
- Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
- Stress Incontinence
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Studies and our clients’ experiences have proved that bariatric surgery helps in elimination of some medications.
Reduction in mortality rates after bariatric surgery is a direct outcome of the resolution of the co-morbidities of obesity.2
“My BMI was 31 but I had many comorbidity factors that showed a low BMI patient can benefit greatly from bariatric surgery. This is why I chose to do it. My health is GREAT now!” – Melonie F. (A Mexico Bariatric Services Client)
According to a Study by Stacy A. Brethauer published in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, individuals with a BMI of 45 or more in their 20s have a life expectancy shorter by 13 years.
However, there are a number of observational studies which point that people who have undergone bariatric surgery have lower mortality rates than individuals who have not had surgery at all.
A study by Christou et al3 found that in a group of individuals who had had bariatric surgery, mortality rates dropped by almost 89% over a period of 5 years.
Improved Quality of Life
Post bariatric patients experience decreased depression and better emotional health. They have enhanced sense of well-being. They report higher energy levels and lead a more active life.
A 2017 study talks about the “Circle of Discontent” that indicates there is a negative connotation to weight gain, which leads to emotional eating and this results in uncontrollable weight gain.4
When the bariatric patients starts losing weight, their self confidence gets a major boost and this improves their self esteem and mental health.
Save Money on Medicines and Food
A higher BMI has been linked to serious health issues. A study by John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health says that weight loss leads to cost savings as it considerably lowers medical costs.5
The study indicates that a 20-year-old adult who goes from being obese to slightly overweight would save an average of $17,655 in direct medical costs and productivity losses over their lifetime.
- American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. “Benefits of Bariatric Surgery”. https://asmbs.org/patients/benefits-of-bariatric-surgery
- Courcoulas, Anita P. et al. “Long-Term Outcomes of Bariatric Surgery: A National Institutes of Health Symposium.” JAMA surgery 149.12 (2014): 1323–1329. PMC. Web. 2 July 2018. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5570469/
- Christou NV, Sampalis JS, Liberman M, et al. Surgery decreases longterm mortality, morbidity, and health care use in morbidly obese patients. Ann Surg 2004; 240:416–423; discussion 423–424 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1356432/
- Jumbe, Sandra, Claire Hamlet, and Jane Meyrick. “Psychological Aspects of Bariatric Surgery as a Treatment for Obesity.” Current Obesity Reports 6.1 (2017): 71–78. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5359375/
- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health “Weight Loss for Adults at Any Age Leads to Cost Savings, Study Suggests. Even going from obese to overweight leads to lower medical costs, productivity savings” http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/681678/?sc=sphr&xy=10020995
All you need is a strong resolve to lose weight and regain good health!
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