Often times when we think of the health benefits of weight loss surgery the first things to come to mind is increased mobility, energy and stamina, but there are many other health related reasons to consider surgery.
Table 1: Effects of Adjustable Gastric Banding (Lap Band Surgery) on Obesity-Related Conditions
|Health Problem (Comorbidity)||% of Gastric Band Patients|
|Type 2 Diabetes Resolved||47.8%|
|High Blood Pressure Resolved||43.2%|
|High Cholesterol Improved||78.3%|
|Obstructive Sleep Apnea Resolved||94.6%|
|Acid Reflux/GERD Resolved||32.3%|
Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Table 2: Health Improvements After Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve Surgery)
A clinical study on sleeve gastrectomy showed the following health benefits.
|Health Problem (Comorbidity)||Results After Sleeve Gastrectomy|
|Type 2 Diabetes||56%||37%|
|High Blood Pressure||49%||29%|
|Obstructive Sleep Apnea||60%||33%|
Gastric Bypass Surgery
Table 3: Health Improvements After Gastric Bypass Surgery
A clinical study on gastric bypass surgery showed the following health benefits.
- As a result of gastric bypass, patients typically lose 61.6% of excess weight in the first year following surgery.
- At least two-thirds of patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery are able to keep off at least 50% of their excess weight for 10 years or longer.
|Health Problem (Comorbidity)||Result After Gastric Bypass Surgery|
|Type 2 Diabetes||Resolved † in 83.7% of patients. In fact, in some gastric bypass cases, resolution of type 2 diabetes occurred within days of the surgery.|
|High Blood Pressure||Resolved in 67.5% of patients|
|High Cholesterol||Improved †† in 94.9% of patients|
|Obstructive Sleep Apnea||Resolved in 80.4% of patients|
|Acid Reflux/GERD||Resolved in 98% of patients|
|Depression||Improved in 47% of patients|
|Osteoarthritis and Joint Pain||Resolved in 41% of patients|
|Stress Urinary Incontinence||Resolved in 44% of patients|
|Menstrual Dysfunction Due to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome||Resolved in 100% of patients|
|Ovulation and Fertility||Restored in 100% of patients|
† In medical terminology, “resolved” is defined as removing all known symptoms and signs of the condition or disease.
†† In medical terminology, “improved” is defined as reducing the known symptoms and signs of the condition or disease.
Weight Loss Surgery Cost Savings Over Time
A recent study shows that bariatric surgery pays for itself in about 2 years. One important reason is that weight loss surgery may help to improve or resolve conditions associated with obesity, such as type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol, so patients save money on related prescription drugs, doctor visits, and hospital visits. In fact, monthly savings associated with laparoscopic bariatric surgery were shown to reach more than $900 as early as 13 months following surgery.
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