Scintillating Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
Being overweight is one of the most concerning problems for many people around the world. This is because it leads to various health complications like heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, Gallbladder disease, high cholesterol, hypertension, etc. So, to help people lose weight, bariatric surgery, often called weight loss surgery, has become one of the best options. However, doctors recommend this type of surgery when other weight loss techniques don’t improve your condition or if you are at greater risk of health complications caused by being overweight.
In this bariatric surgery procedure, the surgeons modify the patient’s digestive system, generally their stomach or small intestine in some cases. The modified anatomy controls the amount of calories a person can eat and absorb, i.e., it reduces the storage capacity of the stomach and also limits the food you consume. It makes your stomach feel full, even for smaller meals. Doctors say that hunger signals that travel to your brain from your digestive system are also controlled and reduced.
There are different types of bariatric surgeries, and your surgeon will determine if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery and which type of surgery best works for you.
Types of bariatric surgeries
- Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
- Adjustable Gastric Band
- Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch
- Intra-gastric balloon
Gastric balloon surgery is an advanced non-surgical weight loss procedure.
Benefits of bariatric surgery
Bariatric surgery is more than just weight loss.
Long-term weight loss – nearly 90% of people lose 50% of their excess body weight after bariatric surgery, and it can be maintained for a long time with a regular exercise routine.
Faster weight loss – People who have had bariatric surgery can see significant weight loss in the first six months following surgery.
This weight loss surgery lowers the mortality rate caused by overweight complications, which include heart disease (40% lower), diabetes (90% lower), and cancer (60% lower). Surgery can be chosen much more easily by comparing the risks against the advantages.
Improves type 2 diabetes in the long term
Being overweight means storing excess fat, which may result in insulin resistance and lead to diabetes. Some studies carried out by experts practically proved that bariatric surgery remits type 2 diabetes in the long run. The results of those studies stated that bariatric procedures are highly effective in treating type 2 diabetes in obese people. Patients can remain free of insulin and other medicines after three years after surgery.
Improved heart health
Obese people are at risk of building up plaque in the arteries, which might put them at increased risk of impaired heart function, heart attack, and stroke. Bariatric surgery helps to lose weight, which in turn reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral heart disease.
Some studies even say that the weight loss gained from bariatric surgery might even prevent the mortality associated with stroke, hypertension, and myocardial infarction. After surgery, blood pressure and cholesterol levels become normal, or near normal and improve patients’ overall well-being.
Cures obstructive sleep apnea
Some people with obesity have breathing problems called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which are caused by the deposited fat in the upper respiratory tract. The fat deposits block the upper respiratory tract, making it difficult to breathe during sleep. Reduced oxygen flow puts other organs at risk, especially the heart.
However, bariatric surgery can help obese people achieve and sustain an ideal weight range, which helps them with sleep apnea. Nearly 85% of patients get their sleep apnea cured after one year of bariatric surgery.
Gets relief from osteoarthritis
Being overweight means putting extra pressure on your joints, particularly on weight-bearing joints like your knees. This puts you at a higher risk of developing osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease. Your condition becomes even worse if you already have it.
It is evident that sustained weight loss gained after bariatric surgery relieves extra pressure placed on your joints and also improves mobility.
Non-alcohol-related fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
Obese people are at risk of developing NAFLD, which occurs when your body starts to deposit excess fat in your liver. It may even turn into non-alcohol-related steatohepatitis (NASH), a chronic inflammatory disease that can severely damage your liver.
Around 90% of the people got a complete resolution from NAFLD and NASH diseases after weight loss gained through bariatric surgery.
Improved fertility in both men and women
Being overweight can lead to complications like irregular menstrual cycles and miscarriages in women. In men, the quality and quantity of sperm are reduced. However, weight loss surgery can help improve these infertility problems.
Relief of depression
Many individuals dealing with obesity often experience feelings of depression due to poor body image and societal stigmatization. Younger people who are overweight find it hard to participate in physical activities, resulting in social isolation and depression.
Losing the extra weight that can be gained through bariatric surgery improves their emotional well-being. Experts say that those who had bariatric surgery experienced a 33% reduction in depression at the beginning of surgery, and a 16.5% reduction was observed after six to twelve months following surgery.
Other obesity-related complications that can be improved with bariatric surgery are hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), hypertension (high blood pressure), hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), chronic kidney disease, kidney failure, and cancer.
If you are looking for the best weight loss solutions in Hyderabad, consult Dr. Venugopal Pareek, one of the best bariatric surgeons in Hyderabad. He has more than 18 years of experience and is an expert surgeon who has helped thousands of obese patients. He is one of the few experienced surgeons who can perform gastric balloon procedures in Hyderabad, a popular non-surgical weight solution. Call +91 91777-77715 to book an appointment with the doctor.