Depending on the type of bariatric surgery you choose, your percentage of excess weight lost (amount of extra weight you carry above your “ideal” weight) could be as high as 80% or more.
It has been proved beyond doubt that weight loss surgery or bariatric surgery is the only modality that can produce significant weight loss almost permanently if the patient adheres to the proper guidelines.
Improved Quality of Life
One of the main benefits of bariatric surgery is improved quality of life.
It has been well documented that obese people are four times more likely to be depressed as people with a normal BMI.
Bariatric surgery improves psychosocial functioning and imparts better quality of life.
Cure from Diabetes Mellitus
Bariatric surgery has emerged as a powerful and only option to cure diabetes in severely obese patients, often normalizing blood glucose levels, reducing or avoiding the need for medications .
There is no medical treatment for diabetes that can achieve as complete and profound effect as surgery – which has led some physicians to suggest that surgery may be the best treatment for diabetes in the obese patient.
Improvement in metabolic control is often evident within days following surgery. However, results may vary depending upon the duration of diabetes.( Longer the duration of diabetes , the less chance to have complete cure)
Fatty Liver Disease
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one of the most common causes of chronic liver disease worldwide and obesity is strongly associated with it.
Another benefit of bariatric surgery is complete resolution of fatty liver disease in 80% of the patients. Nowadays , fatty liver disease is No. 2 reason for liver transplantation.
Obesity is associated with hypertension in about 30% of the patients.
At least 70 percent of patients who have high blood pressure are able to stop all medications within weeks after surgery.
As a result, there is to close to 50% reduction of heart attack risk and more than 50% reduction of stroke risk.
Joint Pain and Osteoarthritis
There is approximately 40% increase in the risk of developing arthritis for every 5 kg of weight gain.
Bariatric surgery significantly reduces the risk of developing arthritis. It provides pain relief in patients who have developed arthritis and reduces the progression of the disease.
Studies have shown that back pain was reduced in up to 83% of patients, and lumbar back pain symptoms were reduced in 82–90% patients following weight loss surgery.
Obesity is associated with premature death and several studies have shown that bariatric surgery resulted in 90% reduction of mortality in such patients.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition characterized by excessive snoring, disturbed sleep in the night and day time excessive sleepiness.
In both males and females, the strongest risk factor for OSA is obesity.
There is complete cure from this condition in more than 90% of patients following weight loss surgery.
Most asthmatics find that they have fewer and less severe attacks, or sometimes none at all.
Patients who were not able to walk find that they are able to participate in family activities, and even sports due to improved respiration.
Obesity Associated Cancer
it might come come as a surprise but obesity can cause increased risk to various cancers. These include cancers of the colon, gallbladder, endometrium, breast and pancreas.
In fact, obesity accounts for 15 percent of all deaths from cancer in men and 20 percent of those in women.
One of the main benefit of bariatric surgery is significant reduction in risk of developing new cancers. One study from Canada reported 60% reduction in development of new cancers following bariatric surgery.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Infertility
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in women. It is associated with irregular period, excessive hair and a high risk of infertility. It is strongly associated with obesity. On an average 50% of obese women suffer from this problem.
Studies have shown that obese women following weight loss surgery had restored menstrual cycles, marked improvement of excessive hair.
For PCOS patients with infertility, bariatric surgery increases the fertility rate significantly.