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Is bariatric surgery a true life changer? ( we think so )

With obesity rates on the rise, there's no better time to bring awareness to the health risks of obesity and the proven benefits of weight loss surgery.

Obesity can have a direct association with serious health conditions such as blood clots, bone degeneration, cancer, heart disease, strike and type 2 diabetes. Bariatric surgery is an option many turn to so they can take control of their health and see long term benefits.

Weight loss surgery is a procedure to change the size and position of a person' stomach and small intestines.

Benefits of this minimally invasive procedures can extend well beyond weight loss for obese patients- including near immediate resolution of several chronic conditions, a reduced need for medications , improved quality of life and increased longevity.

From better mental health to a longer lifespan, bariatric surgery offers several benefits beyond weight loss. A 2003 study published by Jama Network examined the years of life lost to obesity , and the researchers found that obesity reduces life expectancy in all adults, and especially in young adults. Other studies have shown that the risk of death from any health cause is 40% lower after bariatric surgery.

The sooner patients with obesity are treated, the longer they'll live .Patients 18 or older suffering with obesity are strongly encouraged to get an evaluation for bariatric surgery before other medical conditions develop.

More than 90% of patients sustain long-term weight loss after the procedure and in general , successful bariatric surgery results in a loss of more than 50% of the patient's excess weight.

Choosing bariatric surgery could mean fewer health conditions that patients have to live with as well. Type 2 diabetes goes away completely in more than 85% of patients that undergo weight loss surgery. Other conditions like sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and fatty liver disease greatly improve or disappear after bariatric surgery.

Additionally, a patient's mental health cam see a drastic improvement after bariatric surgery. Many people who are obese have depression or anxiety. and research shows that these conditions typically improve after weight loss surgery - especially in those patients with low self esteem or body image concerns.

Living with obesity can also lead to fatigue,keeping patients from enjoying activitiesthey once enjoyed. After bariatric surgery many patients can move and breathe better, allowing them to participate more in their lives and thus improving their mental health too.

Bariatric surgery is safe and effective. For these struggling with obesity, the procedure can be life changing.

If you or someone you know is suffering from excess weight and would like to come in for a free evaluation, call or text Dr. Sedrak's office at 951-547-2056 and one of our staff will be happy to schedule you and answer all of your questions.

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