Bariatric Weight-Loss Surgery

Beyond Weight Loss – 5 Benefits of Getting Gastric Bypass Surgery

Dr. Jason F. Moy
Dr. Brian T. Chin
Daniel Roman
April 26, 2021
Beyond Weight Loss – 5 Benefits of Getting Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass Surgery has helped many people struggling with obesity go on to live healthier and happier lives. If you have considered this surgical procedure and would like to find out more about its long-term benefits, read on for more information.

What Is Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Gastric Bypass Surgery is a procedure that helps obese patients lose weight. It works by altering how the stomach and small intestines digest the food you eat. The surgeon reduces the size of the stomach, causing you to feel full faster with each meal. Your food will no longer go into certain areas of the stomach and small intestines that absorb food. As a result, your body will not take in all the calories from the food you consume, and you will not feel hungry as often as in the past.

5 Benefits of Weight Loss with Gastric Bypass Surgery

Weight loss is the main reason people turn to gastric bypass surgery, but that is not the only benefit of this procedure. The advantages associated with gastric bypass go far beyond losing weight. Here are some of the benefits you can look forward to after you have your surgery:

Remission from Serious Health Conditions

Bariatric surgery is known to cause long-term remission of Type 2 diabetes. A recent study showed that the procedure is highly effective for patients who are obese and have Type 2 diabetes. Practically all patients in this category no longer need to take shots or other related diabetes medications for at least three years following their surgery.

Improve Your Heart Health

Bariatric surgery can help decrease your risk of coronary heart disease and other heart issues. It can also lower your risk of having a stroke. A recent study showed that weight loss achieved through surgery could help reduce an individual’s risk of death due to hypertension, stroke, or myocardial infarction. Many patients see their blood pressure and cholesterol levels go back to healthy numbers, improving their health and overall well-being.

Decreases the Effects of Depression

Due to poor body image and the social stigma associated with obesity, many overweight people tend to suffer from depression and other mental problems. Being overweight makes it difficult to take part in various activities they would otherwise enjoy, which can lead to depression and social isolation. Studies show that individuals who undergo bariatric surgery like gastric bypass have a significant decrease in depression at the time of their surgery and even fewer symptoms of depression within 6 to 12 months following the procedure.

Eliminates Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a severe condition that can affect your life in many ways. By achieving a healthier weight, people who have sleep apnea due to obesity can often stop using the CPAP machine at night. Many suffering from sleep apnea before their surgery go into remission within a year of the procedure.

Provides Joint Pain Relief

Being overweight can put a lot of stress on your joints, leading to damage and chronic pain. With weight loss surgery, patients can lose enough weight to relieve the pressure on their joints and stop using pain medication for joint aches and pains. It also helps to improve their overall mobility and the function of their joints.

Learn More About Gastric Bypass Surgery        

To schedule an appointment for a gastric bypass consultation, contact our experts here at Bass Bariatric Surgery Center. We will address any concerns you may have about the procedure and answer your questions to provide you with peace of mind. We also offer other surgeries to lose weight for you to consider.

About The Author

Daniel Roman, Content Writer

Daniel Roman is a Digital Content Writer at BASS Medical Group. He received his Masters in Journalism from UC Berkeley in 2021. Daniel has published multiple newspaper articles covering public health issues. His latest was a magazine cover story on pandemics and diseases that he co-wrote with Dr. Elena Conis, a historian of medicine, public health, and the environment.

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