Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery

 

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One of the most important benefits of gastric bypass surgery is weight loss!

A research study shows that most patients lose up to 70% of their excess weight the first year after surgery. Over 15 years most patients maintained a significant weight loss. The amount of weight a patient loses and the speed at which that weight is lost varies for many reasons. Some studies show that men lose faster than women and those patients with higher BMI’s (or higher weights) pre-operatively, lose faster. Many studies reflect the fact that many patients lose up to 95% of their excess weight. How close you come to achieving your “goal weight” depends on your commitment to healthy lifestyle changes.

 

 

 

 

Improved Health

Before surgery, numerous patients have serious health problems (or comorbidities) like diabetes and high blood pressure. They may take several medications and may need CPAP for sleep apnea all related to excess weight. Studies show that with significant weight loss, many patients are able to get off of all medications and experience an improvement in their overall health. Do not stop taking any prescribed medications unless your surgeon or family doctor has recommended it.

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In the chart below, from a study conducted by Dr. Wittgrove, you can see how most health problems decreased or completely resolved after gastric bypass surgery.

Comorbidity Comparison in gastric bypass

 

Condition Pre-Op Post-Op
 
GERD (Refliux disease) 269 4
HYPERCHOLESTEROL 275 8
HYPERTRIGLYCERIDE 158 1
DIABETES 85 1
GLUCOSE INTOLERANCE 50 0
STRESS INCONTINENCE 201 6
SLEEP APNEA 225 5
HYPERTENSION
(High Blood Pressure)
118 10
ARTHRITIS (symptomatic) 371 36
Total  1752 71

 

Proximal Gastric Bypass Long Term Outcomes
Alan Wittgrove, MD, FACS; G. Wesley Clark, MD

 

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flying a kiteIncreased Quality of Life

After having surgery and losing a significant amount of weight, a lot of patients have a renewed ability to enjoy life and relationships. According to the Bariatric Analysis and Reporting Outcome System (BAROS) some of the areas that could improve after surgery include:

 

 

“Only surgery has proven effective over the long term for most patients with clinically severe obesity”

 

-National Institutes of Health Consensus                               

Development Conference Statement

 

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PATIENT TESTIMONIAL
Going through the process of gastric bypass surgery gave me affirmation, confidence and encouragement. My affirmation came in the form of a friend having the procedure done on the same day as me and being my roommate at the hospital. I was confident with my decision knowing that God placed a friend on this journey with me. One who would understand completely any and all emotions or struggles I had. I've been encouraged by the support of my friend, our support group, my family and other friends. I've used and will continue to use my surgery testimony to help others along their journey.
Facing risks of serious health problems because of my obesity, including Type 2 Diabetes, Sleep Apnea, and Heart Disease, HOPE Bariatrics gave me the tools I needed to begin a healthier life. Within the past year, I have been able to lose 100 pounds and went from a size 22 to a size 10. The person I was before surgery is gone and I will not let her come back. I have more energy, able to run and play with my kids, and now promote a healthier lifestyle in my home.
I thank God for giving me the friend I need to go through this journey, the family to support me, and a company like HOPE Bariatrics that equipped me with the tools necessary and continues to encourage me, give me access to a nutritionist and nurse, and for making me part of their family.
 

- Annice



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