Weight loss in the very obese, especially after the first 25 to 30 pounds, often results in dramatic improvement and even the elimination of several severe health conditions. The immediate change in diet and the quick weight loss after gastric bypass makes it an especially powerful tool against debilitating health conditions. With such improvement, weight loss surgery actually saves patients not only their lives, but money normally spent on medications, treatments and doctor visits for the rest of their lives.
There are a number of contributing factors to determine if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery. Learn more about how this surgery can be the right solution for you:
Normalized blood pressure
At least 78 percent of gastric bypass patients stop taking all high blood pressure medication within two to three months of surgery.
Normalized blood cholesterol
Seventy-eight percent of gastric bypass patients develop normal cholesterol levels in two to three months after surgery.
Type II diabetes disappears
Usually within a few days of gastric bypass surgery, 86 percent of Type II diabetics return to normal blood sugar levels, normal hemoglobin A1C values and freedom from all their medications, including insulin injections. No medical treatment for diabetes achieves as complete and profound an effect as this surgery.
Lowered risk of heart disease
The improvement in high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes suggests less risk of heart disease.
Breathing (and the ability to exercise) is noticeably improved after the loss of the first 25 or 30 pounds. Often, patients barely able to walk prior to surgery can join in family activities and even sports.
Sleep apnea relief
Weight loss brings dramatic relief of sleep apnea. Many report their symptoms completely gone, including snoring, within a year.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease disappears
For nearly all surgical weight loss patients, relief from reflux occurs usually within a few days of their gastric bypass.
Relief from low back pain, degenerative disk disease and degenerative joint disease
After the first 25 to 30 pounds, patients report considerable pain relief from degenerative arthritis, disk disease and in their weight-bearing joints. With nerve irritation or structural damage, though, weight loss may not be able to make a difference.
Reduction in cancer risk
Weight loss surgery leads to a 60 percent reduction in cancer deaths, with the largest reductions in breast and colon cancers.