Why Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric surgery helps put you on the path to good health.
Losing weight after surgery is just the beginning. Bariatric surgery has numerous such benefits, established by science and described by the many that have undergone the surgery.
After surgery, weight loss is fast. Most people lose almost one-third of their excess weight as early as 3 months after surgery.1 2 years after surgery, some patients have lost upto 59% excess weight i.e. more than half excess body weight.2
Better at weight loss than traditional methods in morbidly obese people
In some obese people (with BMI higher than 32.5 with co-morbidities or 37.5 without co-morbidities), traditional methods of weight loss consisting of diet, exercise, and medication may not work as expected. All the weight lost through these methods may be gained back.
Bariatric surgery, when compared to these methods, results in more weight loss in morbidly obese people. By adopting the right lifestyle and diet, the effect of surgery lasts a long time, meaning the lost weight does not find its way back that easily.3
Helps improve obesity-related conditions
Along with weight loss, bariatric surgery can also help improve many of the obesity-related conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma, joint pain, and depression. The image below shows the effect of bariatric surgery on disease conditions after 1 year.1,3
Helps improve quality of life
Many bariatric surgery patients have shared their own weight loss experiences. They have feeling of being energetic and more confident. After surgery their lives have significantly changed for the better as they have become more efficient and have more opportunities. They spend more time doing recreational and physical activities that they could not do before. Their quality of life has improved.3
One of the biggest barrier that stops people from considering surgery is its cost. However, studies have found that, bariatric surgery may have a payback period of only 2 years.4
This is because surgery helps improve health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. So, you end up saving all the money which you would have otherwise spent on medicines, doctor visits, and hospital visits.3
Living with obesity is a recurring cost of dealing with health conditions which goes on for life. On the other hand, surgery is a one-time investment with beneficial returns in the long-run.
‘Surgery’ is understandably a frightening word. Patients are often apprehensive regarding the safety of surgeries.
The risk of bariatric surgery is the same as that of routine procedures like gallbladder removal or hysterectomy.5 In fact, the risk of staying morbidly obese is much higher than the risk of surgery.6
Nowadays, most bariatric surgery is done laparoscopically. This means that the surgeon will make very small cuts into the stomach. As these cuts are quite small, they heal quickly and will not leave a scar on the body.7
Eligibility for Bariatric surgery
Bariatric surgery may be right for you if:8
- You have a BMI greater than 37.5 or a BMI greater than 32.5 with obesity-related conditions like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.
- You are 18 years of age or older
- You have been unable to lose weight and keep it off through traditional methods like diet and exercise
Bariatric surgery can give you a chance to start life afresh with better health and lighter weight.
So, if you meet the eligibility criteria and want to commit to a healthy life consult your doctor and find out if surgery is a potential weight loss option for you.
Disclaimer: Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider.
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