For those struggling with obesity, the appeal of bariatric surgery lies in the promise of significant and rapid weight loss. But have you ever thought about what that means for your overall physical health, energy level, and emotional well-being?
Board-certified general and bariatric surgeon Dr. Amir Mehran at University Bariatrics in Thousand Oaks and Northridge, California, specializes in the life-changing benefits of weight loss surgery, including gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.
Here’s what Dr. Mehran and his team say about the seven top benefits of bariatric surgery besides dropping pounds on the scale.
Obesity significantly increases your risk of cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension, stroke, heart disease, and heart attack.
Following bariatric surgery, patients often experience lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, leading to a healthier heart and circulatory system.
According to numerous research studies, these cardiovascular benefits include improved management (sometimes reversal) of current conditions and reduced risks of future acute coronary events (heart attack).
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. OSA is often linked to obesity.
After bariatric surgery, you may experience much less severe sleep apnea or even resolution of this common condition. That leads to improved sleep, increased daytime alertness, and reduced risk of OSA-related health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension.
One of the most notable benefits of bariatric surgery is the potential for Type 2 diabetes remission. Many patients find their blood sugar levels return to normal after bariatric surgery, and they can maintain these levels without diabetes medications.
Remission significantly decreases your risks of kidney disease, nerve damage, and other complications of diabetes. Interestingly, positive changes in diabetes control are often noted within days of the surgery, even before you experience significant weight loss.
Bariatric surgery may help enhance fertility, especially in women of childbearing age. For instance, obesity is linked to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common cause of female infertility.
PCOS complications include irregular periods and increased androgen (testosterone) production, negatively impacting ovulation and female fertility. Weight loss can help restore regular menstruation, correct hormone imbalances, and enhance the ability to conceive.
Excess weight places undue stress on your hips, knees, back, and other weight-bearing joints, leading to osteoarthritis and debilitating chronic pain.
Significant weight loss from bariatric surgery can relieve joint pressure, reduce inflammation, and improve joint health. Patients often report increased energy, reduced pain, and improved mobility following weight loss.
The psychological benefits of bariatric surgery are profound. Many people living with obesity experience depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. These issues are often compounded by chronic pain and other physical ailments associated with excess weight.
Most individuals report improved mood and increased self-confidence after weight loss.
Perhaps the most significant benefit of bariatric surgery beyond weight loss is the potential to improve your overall quality of life.
With decreased risks of life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain cancers, individuals who reach and maintain a healthy weight can enjoy active, healthier, and longer lives.
Schedule an evaluation at University Bariatrics today for more information about the life-changing benefits of bariatric surgery. Call the office or request an appointment online.