Health and Life benefits
Whilst most reports show a weight loss of greater than 50% after the first post surgical year, weight loss generally continues for 18-24 months.
Gastric Bypass surgery is estimated to result in an average 70-75% excess body weight loss, with sleeve gastrectomy figures showing 60-70%.
As well as a sustained weight loss, patients can expect to find improvements in almost all aspects of life. The following conditions are just some of those which may be alleviated or stopped following sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass surgery:
- Sleep Apnea: After losing and maintaining the weight loss, many people are able to stop using CPAP equipment and resume a normal sleep pattern. 60% of patients are expected to find resolution of sleep apnoea.
- Type 2 Diabetes: Bariatric surgery has been shown to halt Type 2 Diabetes in approximately 70% of patients, leaving them free of insulin and other medications.
- High Blood Pressure & High Cholesterol: After surgery, blood pressure and cholesterol levels can return to normal, reducing the patient's risk of stroke and heart disease.
- Mood: Many patients report an improvement in mood and many other aspects of psychosocial functioning after gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgery.
- Joint Pain: Excessive strain may have been put upon weight bearing joints, resulting in pain and restricted mobility. Weight loss patients can find that they are able to come off pain medication and even undergo joint replacement surgery previously deemed unsuitable for them.
- Fertility: Bariatric surgery can produce a sudden positive change in your fertility. Women who become pregnant after any surgical procedures need special attention from their doctors and clinical care team. To protect women and their babies from potential malnutrition, doctors recommend that women should not get pregnant until at least 18 months after surgery.