Bariatric surgery offers an effective approach to help you lose excess weight and regain your health by limiting the stomach’s capacity. Because you eat less, you’ll experience gradual and continual weight loss.
In fact, 90 percent of people who have bariatric surgery lose at least 50 percent of their excess body weight. Some of the other changes experienced are:
- A decreased risk for heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, high blood pressure, arthritis and other serious medical problems.
- The reduction or possible elimination of medications for people with high blood pressure or diabetes.
- Normal periods for young women with abnormal or absent cycles.
- Improved sexual function for many males.
- Possible diminishing of sleep apnea episodes.
- Eliminated or slowed effects of arthritis.
- Increased self-esteem and energy.
For many individuals who are morbidly obese, surgery is the only method that helps them successfully control their weight. Bariatric surgery promotes weight loss by decreasing food intake and promoting proper food selection.
Some questions to ask yourself when considering bariatric surgery are:
- Have I tried every nonsurgical measure?
- Am I well informed about the available surgical procedures and the effects of treatment?
- Am I determined to lose weight and improve my health?
- Can I maintain a lifelong commitment to medical follow-up and vitamin/mineral supplementation?