A Closer Look at the Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
Top Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
When combined with proper nutrition, exercise, and behavior modification, bariatric surgery can be an effective tool that provides benefits like long-term weight loss, improved health and better quality of life. The certified doctors working through the Tijuana Bariatric Center can help those suffering from obesity to achieve the many health and personal benefits of weight loss surgery. Various procedures performed at a Tijuana, Mexico, hospital are available for a fraction of the cost of bariatric surgery in the U.S. Patients of any can benefit, including seniors.
Understanding How Bariatric Surgery Works
Obesity is a serious problem and can cause a myriad of medical issues. Many people who are severely obese have difficulty losing weight with conventional methods such as exercise, calorie reduction, and commercial weight-loss programs.
Bariatric surgery changes the anatomy of a patient’s gastrointestinal tract, or stomach and digestive system. Certain bariatric procedures even affect the production of the hormone ghrelin in the stomach to reduce hunger and make a person feel fuller for longer. These changes can all lead to substantial weight loss.
Certain bariatric procedures affect the production of the hormone ghrelin in the stomach to reduce hunger and make the patient feel fuller for longer.
After bariatric surgery, patients are encouraged to increase their physical activity through walking, swimming, biking, and hiking. Increased exercise, along with weight loss, can also increase how the body burns calories to sustain weight loss. Bariatric surgery can result in significant weight loss within a year following surgery. When you lose excess weight, your body's ability to regulate cortisol and insulin improves while regulating fat uptake and storage.
Although researchers don't fully understand the specifics, weight loss surgery seems to reverse the progression of obesity in various ways. Studies have shown that more than 90% of bariatric surgery patients can maintain a weight loss of at least 50% of their excess body weight ten years after their procedure.
The main reason so many people undergo metabolic and bariatric surgery is to lower their body mass index (BMI), which leads to significantly better overall health. When you have a high BMI, you have a greater risk for many metabolic diseases, along with gallstone and breathing problems such as sleep apnea. The consultation part of our program involves educating you on how to reduce BMI through fast and safe weight loss before and after surgery. When you lose weight and keep it off, your health can improve significantly in the following ways:
A regular exercise regimen can help patients maintain a healthy weight.
Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
By lowering your BMI, you can significantly reduce blood pressure, along with your risk for heart disease. Excessive weight puts more stress on your heart and increases blood pressure because your heart must work harder to pump blood throughout your body. The lower your blood pressure, the lower your risk for heart attack and stroke.
Potential Cure for Diabetes
Many people who are obese or morbidly obese suffer from type II diabetes, which can have catastrophic effects on wellness over time. Studies indicate that weight loss surgery can minimize the side effects of diabetes, such as damage to nerves, kidneys, eyes and more. Some patients can successfully reduce or even stop taking diabetes medications following successful weight loss through metabolic surgery, while others experience a remission of the disease. This finding is notable because it was previously thought that type II diabetes was a progressive and incurable disease.
Reduced Risk of Cancer
Excessive weight increases the risk of some cancers, including breast cancer in women past menopause, colorectal cancer and cancers of the endometrium, esophagus, kidney and pancreas. Thanks to the latest safe surgical weight loss techniques, you can reduce your risk of developing cancer later in life if you lose excess weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise.
Can Alleviate Certain Sleeping Problems
Sleep apnea and other sleep problems are often linked to obesity or morbid obesity, as heavier patients have more fatty tissue along their upper airways, thereby restricting airflow. Patients who undergo bariatric surgery report more restful sleep within three to five months after the procedure, with less snoring and other issues. Reducing surrounding fat allows the airway to open, correcting sleep disturbances. Getting a good night's sleep contributes to reducing many other health problems and goes a long way toward improving your overall quality of life.
Less Strain on the Lower Back and Joints
Some obese or morbidly obese patients develop arthritis and other serious joint problems because of excess weight. The most problematic areas are the knees, hips, and back. Bariatric surgery patients who successfully keep the weight off will see a gradual reduction in joint pain, which can slow or even halt joint damage and achieve better mobility later in life.
Extensive scientific studies show that for severely obese patients, massive weight loss through bariatric surgery can reduce risks of disease leading to death by over 40%. Many misconceptions still exist regarding the risks of weight loss surgery, yet the risk of death is about the same as gallbladder surgery. Weight loss surgery lowers the risk of death for many health problems, including heart disease (40% lower), diabetes (92% lower), and cancer (60% lower). Comparing the risks to the benefits makes the decision to undergo a weight loss procedure much easier.
Improvement of Other Diseases
Bariatric surgery leading to massive weight loss can improve or even cure a variety of health problems, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and even fertility problems, as some patients find when they lose extra weight, they can become pregnant more easily.
Other Quality of Life Changes
Many patients who undergo bariatric surgery find that life improves in various ways they didn't expect. They can move more comfortably, feel more motivated to stay physically active, have more energy, and often socialize more than before the surgery. Self-esteem also typically improves with weight loss, and patients see a reduction in depression and anxiety and an increase in sexual function.
Are You Ready to Make Permanent Changes?
If you are ready to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle through bariatric surgery and significant diet and exercise changes, we can help. For additional information on how bariatric surgery can benefit you, contact the Tijuana Bariatric Center today to start your weight loss journey.
Author: Dr. Fernando Garcia Govea
Dr. Garcia is a highly qualified surgeon, and has more than eight years of bariatric treatment experience and two decades in the medical field. His experience (10,000+ procedures) helps him work with all patients including those with a BMI of 80 or higher to improve their quality of life.
Read more here: Fernando Garcia Govea
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