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Dr. Marc Michalsky studied bariatric surgery patients, who showed improvement in obesity-related diseases within the first one to two years following surgery. He explains how surgery reduces risk for future weight-related diseases.

Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery

There are many benefits of weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Here are some of the positive affects that surgery can have on your life.

  • Weight loss
  • Resolution or improvement of co-morbid conditions such as:
    • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
    • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
    • Type 2 Diabetes
    • Back, leg, knee and foot pain
    • Gastroesophageal Reflux
    • Dyslipidemia
    • Irregular menstrual periods
    • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
    • Respiratory problems (asthma, shortness of breath on exertion, etc.)
  • Decreased use of medications
  • Increased energy
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Improved quality of life (social, emotional, physical and health)

Patient testimonials about the benefits of weight loss surgery

  • It's more comfortable to sit in public seats, especially at movie theaters and on airplanes.
  • I am able to participate in school sports that I wasn't able to do when I was so overweight.
  • I am able to ride amusement park rides.
  • I don't have to turn sideways when I walk between cars.
  • I don't get teased as much.
  • My senior pictures look awesome.
  • I am able to sit in a regular desk at school instead of a table in the back of the class.
  • I can walk up the stairs at school instead of having to ride the elevator.
  • I go to more dances and other after-school activities.
  • There are no more special-orders for a prom tux or dress.
  • I have better grades in school.
  • I am able to shop at trendy clothing stores rather than on the Internet.
  • I can fit into more clothes on the sale rack.
  • I am more comfortable driving a car.
  • I am not as hot and sweaty when I do simple things.
  • I don’t feel so tired all the time.
  • My parents aren’t as worried about my future.
  • The future looks more hopeful so I am now looking to attend college.
  • I feel like getting a job now.
  • I am more outgoing and have more friends now.
  • I don't have to wear my sleep apnea machine anymore.
  • I don't have to take so much medicine like I did before surgery.
  • I don't snore like I used to do before surgery.
  • I look forward to summer, wearing a bathing suit and going to the pool.

Marc Michalsky, MD, discusses weight loss surgery, what makes a patient qualify for weight loss surgery and its benefits.

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