Health Benefits

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.

LAP-BAND® 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
  Resolved Improved
Type 2 Diabetes 56% 37%
High Blood Pressure 49% 29%
High Cholesterol 43% 38%
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.

Learn how affordable bariatric surgery is by accessing our affordability calculator.

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