Bariatric Surgery

COVID-19 Risks Motivating More People to Have Weight Loss Surgery

Feb 03, 2022

Since the pandemic started almost two years ago, multiple studies have shown that two main risk factors for poor Covid-19 outcomes are advanced age and obesity. While age is not a changeable risk factor, obesity is. Studies have established obesity as a major risk factor for developing serious illness from an infection of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Obesity weakens the immune system, creates a chronic inflammatory state, and increases risk for cardiovascular disease, blood clots, and lung conditions. All of these conditions can complicate COVID-19.

Our team at the Nicholson Clinic is available to help you enhance your survival rate and minimize COVID-19 risks, as well as other weight related illnesses, through weight loss surgery.

How does bariatric surgery help weight loss?
Bariatric surgery procedures promote weight loss in one of three ways:

  • Restriction, or limiting the amount of food you can eat before feeling full by reducing the size of the stomach.
  • Malabsorption, or limiting the absorption of nutrients in the intestines by “bypassing” part of the small intestine (removing it from the path of food through the digestive tract).
  • Combination of restriction and malabsorption.

Final Thoughts
Studies have shown that obese people have a high risk of severe COVID-19 complications, and they need to think about their weight loss plan to help reduce this risk. Weight loss surgery is not a replacement for vaccination against Covid-19, but if you qualify for bariatric surgery, weight-loss surgery can reduce your risk of suffering worse Covid-19 outcomes. Weight loss surgery can also help prevent, improve or resolve other conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obstructive sleep apnea, and other weight related illnesses. Nicholson Clinic has got you covered concerning your weight loss surgery. Schedule an appointment today to discuss your options!