Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery
As with any surgery, patients must weigh the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery before they decide to move forward with the procedure. Advances in medical technology and surgical techniques have made bariatric procedures such as gastric sleeve surgery and gastric bypass surgery increasingly safer and more popular for patients who struggle with severe obesity. While the most obvious benefit of surgery is finally losing the weight that has plagued you for so long, a variety of other benefits accompany bariatric surgery:
- Increased quality of life – Weight loss surgery can finally make it possible for you to lead an active, fulfilling life. From playing with your children or grandchildren to taking part in the hobbies that you’ve missed or have always wanted to try, the possibilities are virtually endless when you face life from a healthy vantage point.
- Decreased risk of death – Not only can a bariatric procedure help you to lead a better quality of life, but it can also help you enjoy a longer life. Studies show that patients who lose weight with surgery have a lower long-term risk of death due to conditions like cancer and cardiovascular disease.
- Improvement of weight-related health conditions – Obesity can cause a variety of conditions ranging from obstructive sleep apnea to joint pain. Weight loss surgery may help patients to better manage or eliminate weight-related health issues like low back pain, diabetes, asthma, and hypertension, among others.
Surgery Requires a Commitment to Lifelong Wellness
Patients who choose to undergo weight loss surgery should be ready to make a lifelong commitment to maintaining their health. Surgery is considered the first stage of this journey. You will need to make changes in your eating habits and adhere closely to all postsurgical dietary guidelines. Most patients will be on a liquid diet 10 days following surgery, gradually moving on to pureed foods, soft solids, and solids.
Embark on Your Weight Loss Journey Today!
BayCare is proud to offer a variety of weight loss surgeries for patients in the Tampa Bay area who are ready to embark on the physical and emotional journey toward better health. To learn more about the types of weight loss surgery we offer in Tampa, Plant City, Dunedin, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, or a surrounding area, register for a free online or in-person information session today. You can also call (855) 314-8350 for a free physician referral.