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All About the Benefits of Weight-Loss Surgery
Weight-loss surgery can produce life-changing benefits for those who choose to undergo it. But, you may still be wondering if this is the right choice for you. The following two factors can help you determine whether you’re a good candidate for weight-loss surgery. If you answer, yes, to either question below, you should consider weight-loss surgery:

  • Is your body mass index - your BMI – at or above 40?
  • Is your BMI at or above 35 AND are you also at serious risk for having one or more other serious illnesses or disorders?

The Huge Benefits of Surgery
If you answered, yes, to either of those questions, we hope you’ll come in to talk with us further about how weight-loss surgery can make a huge difference in your life. The benefits are manifold and well-documented.

For instance, a comparison study between a group of diabetic obese patients who received a gastric bypass and a group who did not, showed that weight-loss surgery saves lives. In fact, the incidence of death in the group that did not receive weight-loss surgery was 4.5 times than in the group that did have gastric bypasses. Additionally, death related to cardiovascular disease was 54.5 percent in patients who did not receive surgery, compared to 14.3 percent in those with gastric bypasses. But there are still more benefits of surgery, including: 

  • Improved or resolved obesity-related illnesses such as heart disease, stroke and cancer
  • Diminished need for medications
  • Easier breathing
  • Improved quality of life
  • Improved blood sugar control
  • Resumption of normal blood sugar levels for 91 percent of patients with diabetes or glucose intolerance
  • Improved fertility
  • Decreased back and joint pain
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improved mobility
  • Decreased serum triglyceride levels, a significant cardiovascular disease risk factor
  • Decreased hepatic steatosis, also known as fatty liver
  • Improved left ventricular function
  • Normalized endocrine function with normalized hormonal secretion
  • Reduced gastroesophageal reflux, including heartburn or acid reflux
  • Improved survival rates
  • Lower risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Improved blood pressure, blood flow, and cholesterol levels, leading to less stress on the heart 

Though the benefits are substantial, and potentially lifesaving, it should be noted that, like all surgery, weight-loss procedures carry certain risks. Below, we’ve summarized some of the general risks of this type of operation:

  • Gastrointestinal leak
  • Hemorrhage
  • Pneumonia
  • Deep vein thrombosis, where blood clots may appear in deep veins
  • Vomiting
  • Renal failure
  • Wound infection/dehiscence
  • Thrombocytopenia, an abnormal decrease of blood platelets
  • Cardiac events
  • Respiratory failure
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Pressure ulceration
  • In extreme circumstances, death

Come for a Free Information Session
If you’ve read through this general overview of weight-loss surgery and feel it might be right for you, we would love to help you learn more. That’s why we offer free information sessions every month. Make a reservation to attend and learn more.

Free Information Sessions:
Where: St. Elizabeth Healthcare Weight Management Center located at St. Elizabeth Florence
Register: (859) 212-GOAL (4625)

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