Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
by Dr. Darren Glass
Bariatric surgery has been around for a long time, well over 60 years. It has gone from experimental, dangerous, fringe medicine, to safe, routine, elective, standard of care. The concept of simple weight loss surgery is outdated is now seen as life-changing metabolic surgery. This means that these surgeries have positive, beneficial effects on medical comorbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemias, obstructive sleep apnea and a whole host of other medical conditions previously controlled and managed, but never cured.
Bariatric surgery patients get off their diabetes medicines quickly, sometimes the day of surgery. Their blood pressure medication requirements go down with weight loss. Their acid reflux is improved/cured, their cholesterols normalize and they get off their CPAP machines. Their arthritis improves, their hearts and lungs have to work less hard and their quality of life improves.
Bariatric surgery is not for everyone. But if your BMI is over 40 and/or you have the above comorbidities, your life could be changed forever!