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Joseph Afram, MD
Obesity Surgery Improves Health
Center For Obesity
. http://www.obesitycenter.org

Obesity Surgery Improves Health

Most patients are very satisfied with the results of their gastric bypass operation. Overwhelmingly, patients find that they lose 50 to 90 percent of their excess weight, and maintain that weight loss long-term.
Maximum effectiveness depends on the level of patient participation in behavioral modification and nutritional programs, as well as an increase in physical activities and exercise on a regular basis. Other factors, such as age, sex, and initial weight at the time of surgery should also be considered.
Weight loss surgery is not a magic bullet. It is, however, a powerful tool that has successfully helped many people achieve and maintain permanent weight loss. Active participation in, and commitment to, the lifestyle changes, exercise, and eating habits that weight loss surgery requires is a necessary component to your ultimate success.
Most medical diseases are improved or cured. Obesity related diseases are improved dramatically
High blood pressure can be often alleviated or eliminated by weight loss surgery.
High blood cholesterol in 80% of the patients can be alleviated or eliminated and in as little as 2-3 months post-operatively.
Heart disease in obese individuals is certainly more likely to be experienced when compared to persons who are of average weight and adhere to a strict diet and exercise regimen. There is no hard and fast statistical data to definitively prove that weight loss surgery reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, however, common sense would dictate that if we can significantly reduce many of the co-morbidities that are experienced in someone that is obese, then we can significantly improve, if not restore, health.
Diabetes mellitus can be cured or tremendously improved.
Abnormal glucose tolerance, or borderline diabetes is even more likely reversed by gastric bypass. Since this condition becomes diabetes in many cases, the operation can frequently prevent diabetes as well.
Asthma sufferers may find that they have fewer and less severe attacks, or sometimes none at all.
Sleep apnea syndrome sufferers can see dramatic improvements; many within a year or so after surgery find their symptoms were completely gone and they even stopped snoring completely.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease can be greatly relieved of all symptoms within as little as a few days of surgery.
Stress urinary incontinence responds dramatically to weight loss, usually by becoming completely controlled.
Low back pain, degenerative disk disease, and degenerative joint disease can be considerably relieved with weight loss, and greater comfort may be experienced even after as few as 30 pounds are lost.
Major improvement in the quality of life and improvement in self-esteem and self-confidence.

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