Benefits of Surgical Weight Loss....  

rm_jiinxxss 57F
113 posts
5/3/2005 6:34 pm

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Benefits of Surgical Weight Loss....

Bariatric surgery is a term from the Greek words for ''weight'' and ''treatment.'' These are major operations that simultaneously sealed off most of the stomach to decrease the amount of food one can eat, and rearranges the small intestine to reduce the calories the bodies can absorb. The operations, which can be done in several different ways, are known collectively as bariatric surgery.

Benefits of Surgical Weight Loss

* High Blood Pressure can often be alleviated or eliminated by weight loss surgery
* High Blood Cholesterol in 80% of patients can be alleviated or eliminated and in as little as 2-3 months post-operatively.
* Heart Disease in obese individuals is certainly more likely to be experienced when compared to persons who are of average weight and adhere to a strict diet and exercise regimen. There is no hard and fast statistical data to definitively prove that weight loss surgery reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, however, common sense would dictate that if we can significantly reduce many of the co-morbidities that we experienced as someone that is obese, we can likewise that our health may be much improved if not totally restored .
* Diabetes Mellitus can usually helped and based upon numerous studies of diabetes and the control of its complications, it is likely that the problems associated with diabetes will be arrested in their progression, when blood sugar is maintained at normal values.
* Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, or "Borderline Diabetes" is even more likely reversed by gastric bypass. Since this condition becomes diabetes in many cases, the operation can frequently prevent diabetes, as well.
* Asthma sufferers may find that they have fewer and less severe attacks, or sometimes none at all. When asthma is associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease, it is particularly benefited by gastric bypass.
* Sleep Apnea Syndrome sufferers can receive dramatic effects and many within a year or so of surgery find their symptoms were completely gone, and they had even stopped snoring completely!
* Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease can be greatly relieved of all symptoms within as littler as a few days of surgery.
* Gallbladder Disease can be surgically handled at the time of the weight loss surgery if your doctor has cause to believe that gall -stones are present.
* Stress Urinary Incontinence responds dramatically to weight loss, usually by becoming completely controlled. A person who is still troubled by incontinence can choose to have specific corrective surgery later, with much greater chance of a successful outcome, with a reduced body weight.
* Low Back Pain and Degenerative Disk Disease, and Degenerative Joint Disease can be considerably relieved with weight loss, and greater comfort may experienced even after as few as 25 lost pounds.

Costs of Obesity

Research proves that people could live longer and healthier at an ideal body weight. The average American has gained around 8 pounds in the past 10 years. LSU researchers estimate that "the direct costs of obesity in the United States is now at 39.3 billion dollars a year. That is more than 5% of all medical costs".

Market Data Enterprises says " Americans spend another $38 billion a year trying to lose weight".

Other researchers report that after a four and a half year study "the costs of long-term weight loss on one popular very-low-calorie diet program was $286.36 per pound"!! Long-term weight loss is not only expensive, but very hard to attain.

According to a Calorie Control Council (Atlanta, Ga.) survey, 48 million, or 25% of the U.S. adult population are currently on a diet. An earlier study in 1993 by the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 62 % of American men and 71% of American women were trying to lose weight.

Obesity is not just a concern of a morbidly obese person. The problems affect society as a whole since obesity contributes to the incidence of chronic disease. According to the Surgeon General "Obesity, with it's rank among the top ten diseases, may be America's number-one contributor to health care costs".


rm_Minnguy58 58M
57 posts
5/3/2005 8:07 pm

Hello again, Alot of the things you state in this are true, my friends have experienced alot of changes for the better in their health. Blood pressure meds stopped as they are not needed. Diabetes has reversed for one of them also. Again I wish you the best of luck, I can see you are looking into this, as you should, and I feel it will be a big change for you when you have the surgery done.


rm_jiinxxss 57F
25 posts
5/4/2005 2:07 am

Thanks Minn....your encouragement is appreciated! Finished my orientation and met with my nutritionist yesterday - next step is the psych eval.....and then meeting with the surgeon....it's getting closer!!! I'm having this done at HCMC.....under Dr Lederer...and yea....this is a very very big change for me....
its' cute....my son says he's buying my first belly button ring... (watch out momma!!)


smileguyqc 53M

5/4/2005 5:11 pm

Woo Hoo!! on the belly button ring. Giggle, from your posts you look like your preparing for a Ph.D. exam. Good for you and thanks for all the great information.


rm_Minnguy58 58M
57 posts
5/4/2005 8:55 pm

When you get that belly ring, you will have to post us a photo of you wearing it.


rm_jiinxxss 57F
25 posts
5/5/2005 2:52 am

lol....smiles....might as well be hey ..... but then I am only a year shy of my MMA....maybe I could continue on?

Minn.....I PROMISE!!


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