Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You?
Weight loss surgery, either through gastric bypass, gastric sleeve or through adjustable gastric banding, has been endorsed by the National Institutes of Health as the only effective means of bringing about long-term weight loss in the severely obese. Two to five years after the procedures, patients have usually lost 50 to 70% of their excess body weight. Typically, patients' co-morbidities gradually start to resolve. These include improvement in diabetes control. In fact, many patient’s with Type 2 diabetes find that their blood sugars levels improve almost immediately after surgery and become completely normal within a year of surgery. Other improvements include: lowered blood pressure and total cholesterol, relief from sleep apnea, severe acid reflux and urinary stress incontinence, and eased lower back pain and osteoarthritis.
People who may benefit from gastric bypass or gastric banding surgery include those who:
Some people who meet the above requirements still may not be considered for surgery. For example: