OVERALL BENEFITS OF BARIATRIC SURGERY
- Long-term remission for type 2 diabetes.
- Improved cardiovascular health. Weight loss surgery decreases a person’s risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral heart disease.
- Relief of depression. Many obese people feel depressed because of poor body image and social stigma. Even younger people who carry significant excess weight find it difficult to participate in activities they might otherwise enjoy, leading to social isolation and depression. Losing this excess weight can improve emotional health in these patients.
- Eliminate obstructive sleep apnea. Achieving and sustaining a normal weight range often allows people with sleep apnea to stop using a CPAP machine at bedtime.
- Joint pain relief. Carrying around excessive weight puts a lot of stress on your weight-bearing joints, often causing chronic pain and joint damage.
- Improve fertility. Weight loss surgery can also improve fertility during childbearing years.
- Alleviate other medical conditions. Weight loss surgery can alleviate metabolic syndrome, pregnancy complications, gallbladder disease and more.
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
Gastric bypass patients generally see dramatic weight loss quickly and many continue to lose weight for 18-24 months after the surgery. Some patients maintain weight loss of 60-70 percent of excess weight for as many as 10 years!
This kind of dramatic weight loss in a patient who was obese or morbidly obese often comes with other improvements in health complications caused by obesity such as diabetes, sleep apnea and high blood pressure. These improvements can bring an improved quality of life and mental outlook.
LAPAROSCOPIC ADJUSTABLE GASTRIC BANDING
- A gastric band involves no permanent alteration to your body such as removing part of your stomach or re-routing and stapling your body. It is completely reversible and can be removed if desired.
- Gastric bands offer a more gradual weight loss than other gastric surgeries. Weighing less makes it much easier for you to move around and do your everyday activities as well as join in new activities that can help improve your general fitness and wellbeing.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Reduction in Caloric Intake– The types of food that you eat may not change after a gastric sleeve procedure, but the quantity that you consume will. This reduction in caloric intake can lead to the shedding of a dramatic number of pounds in a relatively brief period.
- Significant Weight Loss– Studies suggest that people who undergo gastric sleeve surgery can expect to lose about 60 to 75 percent of their excess weight.
- No Dumping– During a gastric sleeve surgery, the intestines are not rerouted. As a result, you are unlikely to experience the negative side effect called dumping that is sometimes associated with a gastric bypass. Dumping occurs when the contents within your stomach are dumped into your small intestine before they are adequately digested.
- Fewer Nutritional Deficiencies-Vitamin and mineral deficiency sometimes occur after a bariatric surgery has been performed. However, with a gastric sleeve surgery, the absorption of food is not altered. Thus, a deficiency is not as likely.
- Reduction in Hunger– In addition to the resizing of your stomach, hormones, such as ghrelin which affect the appetite, are also influenced by gastric sleeve surgery. Ghrelin increases your sense of hunger and is produced by cells within the stomach. Since the gastric sleeve surgery removes the portion of your stomach that contains the ghrelin-producing cells, your appetite should decrease more significantly after a gastric sleeve procedure than it would with other bariatric procedures, such as gastric banding.
- Improvement of Systemic Health Conditions– Weight-related health conditions can dramatically improve after a gastric sleeve surgery. If you suffer from diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome, gastro esophageal disease, high cholesterol, hypertension or obstructive sleep apnea, you can expect your symptoms to improve.