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Rewards of Obesity Surgery
Many health consequences associated with obesity are alleviated by weight loss after surgery. National studies have shown improvements in diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, infertility and many other medical problems.
Non-insulin dependent diabetes is improved or cured in 80 percent of diabetic patients after weight loss. Because the surgical procedures alter the gut hormones released after surgery, restrict the amount of food consumed and limit the amount of sweets taken in, medication is no longer necessary in 80 percent of patients.
High blood pressure is cured in approximately half of patients who successfully undergo weight-loss surgery. These patients are able to reduce or discontinue their medications as they lose weight and maintain normal blood pressure, reducing the long-term consequences of hypertension.
Weight-induced infertility can be reversed with significant weight loss and patients are able to have safer pregnancies with healthy babies. Pregnancy should, however, be delayed for one to two years after surgery until your weight becomes stable. Pregnancy is not recommended before that time due to the risk of malnutrition to both the mother and her fetus.
Relief from sleep apnea (gaps in breathing during sleep) is achieved in 75-80 percent of patients leading to healthier sleeping habits and increased energy throughout the day.
Hypoventilation, or shortness of breath, is significantly improved or reversed by weight loss as well. Seventy-five to eighty percent of patients who have respiratory problems are demonstrably better after surgery.
Patients who have had limited mobility due to joint pain find they can enjoy more activities and participate in family events–even sports! Lower back pain and disability from degenerative arthritis and disc disease is often relieved after surgery, with as little weight loss as 25-30 pounds. Gastroesophageal reflux or severe heartburn, urinary incontinence and venous problems of the leg can also improve dramatically.