What Medical Conditions can be Resolved with an Obesity Surgery

Weight loss or bariatric surgery often helps eliminate many of the medical problems that accompany obesity including. Let us have a detailed list of the same.

High Blood Pressure

Nearly 70 to 80 percent of patients who suffer from high blood pressure and use medications to control it are able to stop taking all medications and have a normal blood pressure, usually within six months after surgery.

Diabetes

About 90 percent of patients with Type 2 diabetes achieve excellent results within a few weeks after surgery. These include reduction or complete freedom from all medications. Although the existing complications of diabetes may not be reversed, it’s likely that their progression will slow down when blood sugar levels are maintained at normal values.

Heart Disease

Huge improvements in problems such as high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, suggesting that the risk of dying from heart disease may well be reduced in the severely obese patients. In one recent study, the risk of death from cardiovascular disease was profoundly reduced in diabetic patients who are particularly susceptible to this problem.

Respiratory Problems

Improvement in exercise tolerance and breathing ability usually occurs within the first few months after surgery. Often, patients who have barely been able to walk find that they are able to participate in family activities and sports.

Sleep Apnea

Since these conditions are strongly related to obesity, dramatic resolution occurs as patients lose weight. Many report complete resolution of their symptoms within a year of surgery with cessation of snoring and daytime sleepiness. Many patients who require an accessory breathing apparatus to treat sleep apnea no longer need it after surgically induced weight-loss.

Low Back Pain

Patients usually experience considerable relief of pain and disability from degenerative arthritis and disk disease and from pain in the weight-bearing joints. This tends to occur early, with the first 25 to 30 pounds lost, usually within a month after surgery.

Asthma

Most asthmatics find that they have fewer and less severe attacks, or sometimes none at all. When asthma is associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease, it is particularly benefited by obesity surgery.

It’s crucial to understand that surgery is only a tool to help you achieve permanent weight-loss and the resolution of accompanying illnesses. Surgery plays only a small role in the overall management of obesity. It is recommended to make a commitment to a life-long change in your eating and exercise habits after this surgery.

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