Exploring the Long-Term Effects of Bariatric Surgery
People who consider bariatric surgery are often first concerned with weight loss. However, this procedure offers numerous other benefits for general wellness. If you’re serious about bariatric surgery, it is beneficial for you to learn all about the long-term effects of the surgery. The doctors at Good Samaritan Hospital will gladly answer all of your questions related to bariatric surgery and how it can improve your life.
Smaller Meal Sizes
While there are several different kinds of bariatric surgery, they all have the same outcome—to reduce the amount of food that the patient can consume at one time. Some methods also affect the way your body metabolizes food. Immediately after your surgery, you will only be able to consume about one quarter cup of food per meal. Going forward, you will have to adapt eating and drinking habits so you can stay hydrated and get the right nutrients before getting full. That’s why responsible weight loss surgery programs require pre-surgery education and strongly encourage continued participation in support groups after surgery.
Significant Weight Loss
According to most estimates, more than 80% of bariatric surgery patients do very well after their procedure. Most patients lose 100 pounds or more after three years, with most of the weight being lost in the first year. However, merely undergoing the surgery is not enough to achieve long-term weight loss—patients must also commit themselves to healthy eating, drinking, and exercise habits.
Reduced Risk of Health Problems
Obesity is linked to numerous health problems, including cancer, stroke, diabetes, and heart disease. Since bariatric surgery can drastically reduce your weight, it can also reduce your risk of suffering life-threatening conditions. If your body mass index (BMI) is above 40, or if you have a serious obesity-related condition, there’s a good chance that bariatric surgery will help you lead a much healthier life.
Quality Weight Loss Surgery Options
Good Samaritan Hospital’s Weight Loss Surgery Center has earned several national recognitions of quality outcomes for patients including: ACS-ASMBS Center of Excellence, Blue Cross of California Center of Expertise designation and the Aetna Institutes of Quality designation. Our bariatric surgeons are members of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and our Nurse Specialists have specialty certifications in Bariatrics. Our support group facilitators are Certified Life Coaches.
Call (408) 559-2011 to make an appointment with a physician affiliated with the Weight Loss Surgery Center at Good Samaritan Hospital and learn all about the short-term and long-term benefits of bariatric surgery.