Bariatric surgery offers patients more than just a tool to successfully lose weight. It can be the cure for a variety of diseases that commonly occur in morbidly obese individuals. Not only will the person begin living healthier, they will diminish or lessen their risks of diseases that can hinder their life. Some people do not even know they have some diseases, while others suffer daily from the consequences of being overweight. This is one of the determining factors when deciding if Bariatric surgery is the best option.
One disease that can be cured with a Bariatric surgery is obstructive sleep apnea that often occurs in morbidly obese individuals. The typical symptoms of the disease include loud snoring and long pauses of breathing. Many people who have it are unaware of how they are sleeping until someone else tells them. This type of sleeping can lead to serious diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and even drowsiness during the day which can cause accidents. After Bariatric surgery, patients often find their obstructive sleep apnea to diminish and all other side-effects are completely cured or greatly lessened.
Another common disease that can be resolved after Bariatric surgery is acid reflux which is also known as GERD. Acid reflux occurs when the valve between the stomach and esophagus is not normal. Acid from the stomach can splash into the esophagus which can damage the area and cause painful conditions. Barrett’s esophagus is a condition that can lead to cancer if not treated. Fortunately, a high percentage of individuals who undergo a Bariatric procedure can resolve acid reflux.
Women who are morbidly obese often will encounter fertility problems. Menstrual dysfunction is often the culprit. Once Bariatric surgery was completed and the patient began losing weight, their menstrual cycle became normal and they had a higher chance of becoming pregnant. It is important to lose the weight before having a child because babies born to morbidly obese Mothers have a greater chance of suffering from heart defects and neurological problems. Once the weight is lost, Mothers-to-be also lessen their risks of developing pregnancy-related illnesses such as diabetes, as well as lowering their chances of having to have a cesarean.
All the benefits of going through Bariatric surgery are why so many people decide to do this weight-loss option. They want to lose the weight while changing their health for the better. Not only does their outward appearance change, so do the crucial body parts that keep them alive. This allows them to live a longer and healthier life.