How Effective Is Bariatric Surgery For Obesity?

How Effective Is Bariatric Surgery For Obesity?



By Dr. Premkumar Balachandran , Bariatrics

Bariatric surgery refers to a variety of surgical procedures that help people in dealing with obesity and weight loss. Some of the most common and popular bariatric surgery types are gastric bypass surgery, use of adjustable gastric bands for reducing the stomach size, sleeve gastrectomy, etc.

While some of these surgeries involve the removal of a certain portion of the stomach through a duodenal switch or sleeve gastrectomy, some involve rerouting or resizing the small intestines. No matter what the procedure is, for those who struggle with obesity, bariatric surgery seems to be the best option. Keep on reading to know how effective this surgery can be or is.

Ways In Which Bariatric Surgery Works
Altering the anatomy of one’s gastrointestinal tract or by causing several physiological changes in one’s body, bariatric surgery helps in reducing the hunger or appetite for eating too much. It increases the feeling of fullness while reducing the absorption of cholesterol or changing the fat metabolism. However, this surgery is not the ultimate solution to putting a stop to obesity. It is just a tool that can help in retaining a healthy body when other factors are taken care of too.

Factors upon which bariatric surgery’s effectiveness depends
The weight that a patient will lose after undergoing a bariatric surgery depends on several factors, without taking care of which the very purpose of performing the surgery for dealing with obesity-related health conditions will fail terribly. Some of these factors that influence the effectiveness of this surgery are as follows:

  • Age of the patient
  • His or her ability to exercise on a daily basis
  • The health condition of the patient
  • Support received from family and friends
  • Patient’s level of commitment in abiding by the dietary and lifestyle changes

Benefits that bariatric surgery has to offer
Along with helping one to lose weight, bariatric surgery also offers effective results in eliminating various medical issues that are usually associated with obesity. Whether it’s bringing the blood pressure to normal levels or showing promising changes in diabetic patients, bariatric surgery can help in dealing with the following:

  • Heart diseases
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Respiratory problems
  • Stress
  • Back pain
  • Breathlessness

One must remember that a surgery like this one only plays a small yet significant part in helping an individual in achieving permanent weight loss and putting a stop to its accompanying illnesses. Along with the surgery, healthy lifestyle changes or healthy eating and exercising habits are a must to have a healthy and obesity-free body. To know more about bariatric surgery and to find out whether it can be effective for you, consulting a bariatric surgeon is a must.