People mistakenly term obese people as ‘too healthy’. An obese person lead a depleted lifestyle, increased risk of health problems and social stigma.
Losing weight is a tough bet for most of the people, however, bariatric surgery has helped many. The various bariatric surgeries such as gastric bypass, gastric sleeve etc work by changing the energy balance and fat metabolism in a patient’s body. It is a useful tool to help break the vicious circle of weight gain and help in achieving long term weight loss. The broad advantages of bariatric surgery include:
- Goodbye excessive weight – Most people lose weight rapidly after the surgery and continue to sustain the new weight. Patients typically lose more than 50% of their excess weight after bariatric surgery. Surgery is the most effective and durable treatment for morbid obesity
- Improvement/Resolution of Co-existing Diseases – Bariatric surgery is an effective remedy for associated type 2 diabetes, sleep apnoea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and more.
- Quality of life – Bariatric surgery also contributes to the quality of life. An improved lifestyle will lead to reduction in depression and anxiety. A person is more positive and remains motivated
- Longevity Bonus – Obese are affected by poor health and most have life-threatening diseases. Bariatric surgery minimizes the risk drastically.
Overall, bariatric patients can live longer and healthier lives.
Various factors responsible for successful outcomes are selection of an experienced surgeon, a bariatric friendly hospital and adoption of healthy lifestyle after surgery.