Understanding the Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, is used to help individuals lose weight and reduce the risk of obesity-related diseases. For those who have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise alone, it is often the most effective solution to lose weight, keep it off long term and improve one’s health and quality of life.
For those considering bariatric surgery, it’s important to understand the benefits, as well as the risks, associated with bariatric surgery. Dr. Nick Nicholson of Nicholson Clinic for Weight Loss Surgery is a leading expert on bariatric surgery. He explains that bariatric surgery can be life-changing for many patients who struggle with obesity and its associated health risks. “It’s not just about losing weight; it’s about improving your overall health and quality of life,” he says. Dr. Nicholson has helped thousands of patients over the years achieve their goals through bariatric surgery.
There are several types of bariatric surgeries available today, including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch, and gastric balloon procedures. Each procedure has its own benefits and risks, so it’s important to discuss your options with your doctor before deciding which one is right for you.
Weight loss surgery can provide several key benefits, such as:
- Long-term Weight Loss: Bariatric surgery can lead to significant and sustained weight loss in most patients. A patient who is 100 pounds overweight can expect to lose around 70 pounds at one year after gastric sleeve, and up to 80 pounds with gastric bypass.
- Improved Health: Bariatric surgery can help reduce or even eliminate many obesity-related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, joint pain, heart disease and stroke risk factors, fatty liver disease and more.
- Improved Quality of Life: Many patients report improved quality of life after bariatric surgery due to increased energy levels and improved self-esteem as they reach their desired weight goals and become more active in their daily lives.
- Reduced Risk of Mortality: Studies have found that individuals who undergo bariatric surgery may be at lower risk for death than those who do not receive the procedure or are unable to maintain successful long-term weight loss without it.
- Cost Savings: The cost savings associated with bariatric surgery can be substantial over time due to reduced medical expenses associated with obesity-related diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure that could otherwise require ongoing medical care or medications.
Of course, it’s important to understand that there are risks associated with any surgical procedure – including bariatric surgery – so it’s vital to discuss these potential risks with your doctor before making any decisions about treatment options for your specific situation. However, weight loss surgery is considered a very safe treatment when performed by an experienced, credentialed weight loss surgeon. It’s as safe as gall bladder surgery, hip replacement and hysterectomy with a mortality rate of 0.2%, which is far lower than other elective surgeries performed today.
Dr. Nick Nicholson is a board-certified surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures. Nicholson Clinic for Weight Loss Surgery provides personalized care in a safe environment designed specifically for obese individuals looking to make lifestyle changes through bariatric procedures like gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgeries.
Ultimately, understanding the benefits associated with bariatric surgery is key when considering this option for yourself or a loved one struggling with obesity related health issues. With proper education you can make an informed decision about whether this type of treatment is right for you.
One of the most experienced weight loss surgeons in the country – Dr. Nick Nicholson – along with a full staff of surgeons, physician assistants, and other experienced clinicians, help patients reverse obesity with Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass, Duodenal Switch, Gastric Balloon and Revisions.