The decision to have weight-loss surgery is serious. It requires a commitment to making permanent lifestyle changes.
One of the most serious side effects of weighing too much is the risk it can put on your life. If your body mass index is 40 or more, your risk for dying prematurely is 2.5 times greater than it is for someone who weighs a normal amount for their height. The good news is that once you lose your excess weight, the risk for premature death declines.
Consider this: any kind of surgery carries a certain level of risk. However, if you have severe obesity, it’s riskier to stay at your current weight than to have weight-loss surgery.
That’s because carrying extra pounds has major effects on different aspects of your health. Not only does obesity increase your risk for certain cancers, it affects your blood pressure and risk for Type 2 diabetes.
Weight-loss surgery health improvements
Fortunately, once you start losing weight after surgery, many of the following related health conditions resolve or improve:
- High blood pressure
- Respiratory problems
- High cholesterol levels
- Cardiac diseases
- Type 2 diabetes
- Urinary incontinence
Unlike other weight loss programs that rely on diet and exercise to lose weight, surgical weight-loss procedures have proven to be more effective for long-term weight loss.
Consequently, federal health authorities recommend bariatric surgery as the only effective approach that provides consistent permanent weight loss for severely overweight individuals.
Studies show that 10 years after bariatric surgery, more than 50 percent of patients still have more than 50 percent of their extra weight off.
Surgical-weight loss results outperform other types of weight-loss strategies. It is not a solution for everyone. For some people, it is better to lose weight through a supervised weight-loss program that uses a very-low calorie diet in combination with exercise and counseling.