Who wouldn’t want to be a healthier, better-looking person? Bariatric surgery helps you do just that. Often, people think that it is a weight loss surgery. However, it’s important to understand that the aim is not just to have a cosmetic change. The aim is to resolve serious health issues that come with severe obesity.
The improvements that bariatric surgery brings to your health are primarily the ones that are brought about by obesity or even, aggravated by obesity. In some cases, these health conditions become life-threatening. So, read on to understand what health issues bariatric surgery can resolve.
Health Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
- Heart disease
The weight of the person is directly connected to the amount of blood the heart needs to pump. So, the more the weight, the more the amount of work the heart needs to do. This puts pressure on the chambers of the heart which can lead to cardiac failure.
A bariatric surgery helps in reducing weight which means, the heart does not need to pump as much as it had to before the surgery. Hence, the chance of having a heart attack or stroke is greatly reduced.
Obesity results in accumulation of a high amount of fat in the body and this includes internal organs. This leads to thickening of the walls of the heart as well as the valves. When the heart needs to pump blood through thinner passages, it leads to high pressure of the blood, also known as hypertension.
After the weight loss surgery, the amount of fat reduces and hence, the passages of the heart are no longer too narrow. So, the blood pressure decreases which solves the problem of hypertension to a large extent.
- Type 2 Diabetes
80% of the people who are obese develop type 2 diabetes. The fat cells in the body of an obese person disrupt the function of insulin producing cells in the liver. When enough insulin is not produced in the body, it leads to diabetes.
Once the weight loss surgery is done, the fat accumulated in the abdominal cavity reduces which leads to better functioning of the liver and increase in production of insulin. Thus, diabetes comes under control.
- High cholesterol
For a person having a healthy weight, the body keeps a check on the cholesterol levels. It tries to clear LDL which is the bad cholesterol from the blood. However, in an obese person, the response to LDL is blunted. So, the bad cholesterol keeps accumulating in the body.
After the bariatric surgery, the body is able to cope much better at handling cholesterol and clearing it out of the blood.
- Urinary Incontinence
As a person gains more weight, the pelvic floor muscles become weaker. This leads to urinary incontinence.
The surgery and regular exercise after the surgery strengthens muscles which means more control on the pelvic floor and ability to control passing urine.
- Knee, hip and back pain
Without regular activity, our muscles get stiffened. When a person is obese, it is difficult to move around. Along with this, the fat in the body puts pressure on the bones and nerves. This obviously leads to joint pains especially, the knee, hip and back.
After the weight loss surgery, a person is able to move more freely and also, has to exercise regularly. This brings down joint pains considerably.
- Sleep apnea
This is a situation in which breathing stops for short intervals of time while sleeping. In an obese person, this happens because the soft tissue blocks the airways when the cheek and throat muscles are relaxed while the person is sleeping.
When the fat in the body reduces after a bariatric surgery, the soft tissue also recedes and no longer blocks the airways. Hence, the person will be able to breathe and sleep much better.
One of the key problems an obese person faces is himself/herself. Not being confident, being looked at as an obese person, not being able to move around much leads to depression. And fighting depression is hard.
After the weight loss surgery, when the person sees a healthier version of himself/herself, exercises to stay healthy and eats a better diet, the person feels happier and hence, goodbye, depression!
All these 8 advantages and more, increase overall life expectancy, lead to faster metabolism and a much better quality of life.
The doctors at Ayu Health hospitals focus on overall health rather than just weight loss. To ensure good postoperative health, you will be part of support groups, diet and exercise consultations to keep you on track with your weight loss goals. Making Ayu Heath your weight loss partner will be the best decision you made!
To know more about Bariatric Surgery at Ayu Health Hospitals, call us on 6366100800 or visit https://ayu.health/bangalore/surgery/bariatric-surgery-35.