Gastrick bypass surgery has many benefits
Gastric bypass patients typically lose the most weight -- up to 77 percent of excess weight — within one to two years after surgery (30 to 50 percent of excess weight loss is common six months post-surgery) and maintain a substantial weight loss with improvements in or resolution of obesity-related conditions for years afterward.
Additional benefits from gastric bypass surgery include:
- Improvement of life expectancy by 89 percent 2
- Decreased risk of premature death by 30 to 40 percent 3
- Dramatic reduction in risk of death from obesity-related diseases 4, including:
- Type II diabetes, decreased or resolved in 86.5 percent of patients 5
- Coronary artery disease, decreased in 56 percent of patients
- Obstructive sleep apnea, decreased in 85 percent of patients
- Cancer, decreased in 60 percent of patients
- Hypertension, decreased in 75 percent of patients
- Hyperlipidemia/cholesterolemia, decreased or resolved in 93 percent of patients.
- Long-term studies (10 to 14 years post-surgery) show that morbidly obese patients who had surgery maintained a much greater weight loss and more favorable levels of diabetes, cholesterol and hypertension as compared to those who did not have surgery.6
Contact the patient navigator at Bariatric Center of the Rockies for more information.
1 - National Institutes of Health
2 - Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine
3 - National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
4- Journal of the American Medical Association
5 - The American Journal of Medicine
6- Health Affairs