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How Can Weight Loss Surgery Change Your Life?

weight loss scaleWhy do so many women and men take advantage of procedures like sleeve gastrectomy here at Beverly Hills Physicians? It’s not a hard question to answer. Indeed, if you want to know all the ways that being obese or severely obese can get in the way of being happy, healthy, and comfortable in your skin, all you have to do is ask someone who’s been struggling with obesity without any long-lasting success.

Obese people deal with a host of serious health issues, most commonly type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, and they may deal with additional aches and pains due to overtaxed joints that can limit their ability to enjoy their favorite activities. Obesity can cause social isolation, can make it harder to find and keep a job because of unfair discrimination, and can make us feel generally uncomfortable and out of place. Even finding clothes that fit appropriately or flying on an airplane can become extremely difficult.

While it’s important for severely obese individuals to realize that losing weight won’t solve every problem, there’s no denying that finding a way to successfully defeat obesity once and for has numerous very real benefits.

How Does Bariatric Surgery Improve Patients’ Lives?

Sleeve gastrectomy is the procedure most patients now opt for, and it works by dramatically lessening the one thing that’s responsible for the dismal statistics about long-term weight loss: persistent, nagging feelings of appetite that can linger even when we know for a fact that we’ve eaten more than enough.

This procedure essentially removes roughly 75-85% of the stomach, creating a sleeve-like pouch. Unlike the older gastric bypass procedure, it largely leaves the digestive system Intact. It nevertheless has a very powerful two-fold impact. First, having a smaller stomach makes it uncomfortable to overeat. At the same time, the procedure also removes the portion of the stomach where ghrelin, which appears to be responsible for most of those irrational, but impossible to ignore, hungry feelings. While bariatric surgery should never be thought of as the “easy way out” of obesity, it makes long term weight loss possible for patients who, in the past, simply weren’t able to stick to a dramatically smaller diet over the long-term.

The proven benefits of this approach include:

  • Improves, and in some cases cures, type 2 diabetes.
  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Better mobility.
  • Reduced muscle, joint, and bone pain.
  • Improved sleep quality (may help or eliminate sleep apnea).
  • Increased energy.
  • May reduce the risk of depression

Many patients also find that, with the help their improved health and outlook, they are able to make major improvements in their careers, social, and family lives.

More about Weight Loss Surgery

Bariatric surgery is intended for patients who are designated as severely obese, which is typically defined as having Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or above, or 35 and above accompanied by such major health problems as type 2 diabetes. Patients who may not meet the definition of severe obesity can explore the benefits of the Orbera Balloon weight loss treatment, a treatment that has long been popular in Europe and which has proven benefits.

To find out more about what BHP can do to help you defeat obesity and change your life for the better, please call us at the number on this page. You can also request a consultation online.

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