People considering weight-loss surgery normally do so because of health issues. Those who are suffering from obesity have higher rates of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and cancer. These problems are usually resolved after gastric bypass , gastric banding, or other bariatric surgeries, and the results are often impressive. As many as 98% of people who have sleep apnea experience resolution after bariatric surgery. The same can be said for those who have acid reflux disease.
The rate of resolution for high blood pressure can be as much as 92% while the rate of resolution for diabetes is 83%.
Weight-Loss Surgery Can Be A Life Saving Procedure
People with a body mass index greater than 30% have 50% higher risk of death than normal weight individuals. Moderately obese people can expect life expectancies 2-5 years less than normal weight individuals. Men between 20-30 years old with a body mass index greater than 45% will shorten their lives by 13 years. Women who share this category can anticipate their life span to shorten by 8 years.
African American men with a body mass index of greater than 45% can live 20 years less than normal weight individuals while African American women in the same group can die 5 years sooner than normal weight individuals.
Weight-loss surgery can save lives, but prior to committing to a procedure perspective patients will have many questions. One of those questions will no doubt be an inquiry about how much weight will be lost after bariatric surgery.
Weight Loss Without Surgery
Weight loss without bariatric surgery is usually a temporary condition. Ninety-five percent of people gain back all the weight that has been lost over the next one to five years.
There can be a measure of success for losing weight without abariatric surgery surgery but remember that the overwhelming majority gain the weight back.
Drug therapy is an option that averages an eleven pound weight loss. There are also side effects from weight loss drugs.
Eighty percent of people who wish to lose weight change their eating habits and about 50% begin a program of exercise. The success ratio for dieters is 26%.
Exercise also produces a legitimate degree of success with health club members reporting a 25% success ratio. Those who exercised at home or outdoors fared a bit worse with a success ratio of about 20%.
The Success of Weight-Loss Surgery
People lose 61% of their excess weight after gastric bypass surgery and 47% of their excess weight after gastric banding.
After surgery, the weight loss experienced in the early months will be dramatic. The average loss of weight will be about ten pounds a month with a stable weight reached in about two years.
Although some of the weight lost is typically put back on, studies show that about half the weight lost is kept off at 5 to 15 years after gastric bypass surgery.
Weight gain after bariatric surgery is attributed to a return to poor eating habits or a complication of the surgery.
Those patients who have had a successful surgery report major improvement
in the quality of their lives.
As for me, I had gastric bypass surgery in 2003 and have maintained a 100+ lb. weight loss. I have had some ups and downs but my weight loss remains fairly consistent. And my life after weight loss surgery is wonderful.
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Published On: April 11, 2012