Why Bariatric Surgery?
The decision to have weight loss surgery is a very personal decision and one that deserves a great deal of consideration. Bariatric surgery may be the next step for people who remain severely obese after trying non-surgical approaches, or for people who have an obesity-related disease.
Obesity has become a significant national health issue, and is fast approaching tobacco as the top underlying preventable cause of death in the United States. Morbid obesity is closely correlated with a number of serious conditions that severely undermine the health of overweight patients.
Weight loss surgery can improve or may resolve over 30 obesity-related conditions including:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Heart Disease
- Sleep Apnea
- High Cholesterol
According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), bariatric surgery is among the most effective treatments for metabolic diseases and conditions including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and obstructive sleep apnea.
Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery
- Increased Life Expectancy – The risk of death from obesity-related conditions is far greater than the risk of death from bariatric surgery. Recent studies show that the risk of an early death for those struggling with obesity is twice that of a non-obese person.
- Resolution or Improvement of Obesity-related Health Conditions – including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, hypertension, high cholesterol, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease and others.
- Long Term Weight Loss – Along with weight loss comes improved mobility, self-image and self-esteem. The ultimate goal of a successful weight loss surgery is to live better, healthier and longer.
Weight loss surgery is major surgery and should be considered a last resort for morbidly obese patients. You should make the decision to have weight loss surgery only after careful consideration and consultation with an experienced bariatric surgeon. Your surgeon should clearly answer your questions and explain the details of the procedure, the extent of the recovery period and the reality of follow-up care that will be required.
The road to freedom begins here. Contact Mercy Health Muskegon’s Weight Management Program or sign up for one of our free upcoming seminars to find out how you can benefit from weight loss surgery at 1-866-WEIGHOK (231-737-8446) or click here to register for the free seminar.