Experts say weight loss surgery can offer significant health benefits ranging from reversal of Type 2 diabetes to improving fertility and increasing an individual's lifespan, says an expert.
Dr. Nick Nicholson, weight loss surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano revealed how the surgery can actually improve certain health conditions.
"Because obesity is the primary risk factor for Type 2 diabetes, weight-loss surgery can have a profound impact on the condition," said Dr. Nicholson.
A study showed that 82 percent reversed their diabetes in less than two years, and 62 percent remained of patients who had weight-loss surgery diabetes free two years following surgery.
The surgery can also improve fertility. Although most obese women are not infertile, ovulatory functions and pregnancy rates frequently improve significantly after weight loss in obese women.
Another study showed that hypertension was eliminated in 61.7 percent of weight-loss surgery patients and significantly improved in 78.5 percent of patients.
Weight-loss surgery can also ease the pain caused by the stress of extra weight on joints.
A 2004 study showed the number of painful joints and other painful areas reported by the obese adults in the study was cut in half six to 12 months after weight-loss surgery.
"Partnered with improved quality of life, the medical benefits of weight-loss surgery can't be taken lightly; the surgery can truly lead to greater physical and emotional health and wellness," said Dr. Nicholson.