If you are 35 or more kilograms overweight, gastric sleeve surgery is one of the safest and most reliable options for progressive long-term weight loss.
To summarize the surgical procedure, your doctor will be drastically reducing the size of your stomach.
It has been said that from Day 1 of recovery, you won’t feel as hungry and physically, you won’t be able to eat as much as you used to. With that in mind, you will definitely lose most of your excess weight gradually, being the most within a year.
Though most may opt thinking it is a quick weight loss plan, it is not accessible easily. In order to qualify for gastric sleeve surgery, your body mass index (BMI) needs to be at least 35 accompanied with concerning medical conditions. If you do not suffer from any obesity-related health issues (hypertension, sleep apnea, diabetes, joint problems, etc), then your BMI must be at least 40.
The gastric sleeve procedure is done for patients of all ages, although it is most commonly performed on adults between 18 and 65 years old.
Advantages of undergoing the surgery
I finally broke the news of wanting to proceed with the bariatric surgery with my two siblings – who work in the hospital. Honestly having these facts below memorised make the conversation smoother and makes it more convincing. The idea of good quality of life is not easily expressed to overcome their perception of me taking the easy way out.
To those who want to opt for bariatric surgery, we have been told multiple times that any health problem that is related to being overweight will either go away completely or be greatly improved after surgery. Weight loss surgery can also relieve metabolic syndrome, pregnancy complications, gallbladder disease and more. To add on, with this surgery done, you will also reduce your risk of future disease including:
- Sleep apnea
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cholesterol problems
- Joint problems
For example, a prominent cancer study found that weight loss surgery patients have a 33% lower risk of developing ANY type of cancer than people with severe obesity who do not undergo bariatric surgery. Cancer risk that is specifically related to obesity goes down even further.
So here’s 5 advantages of bariatric surgery besides actually losing weight!
Eliminating type 2 diabetes
One study reported that bariatric surgery show the procedure is highly effective for obese patients with type 2 diabetes, allowing almost all patients to remain free of insulin and other related medications for at least three years after surgery.
Improved cardiovascular health
Weight loss surgery decreases a person’s risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral heart disease. Blood pressure and cholesterol levels can return to normal, or near normal after surgery, reducing these risks and improving overall well-being.
Many obese people feel depressed because of poor body image and social stigma. Even younger people who carry significant excess weight find it difficult to participate in activities they might otherwise enjoy, leading to social isolation and depression. Losing this excess weight can improve emotional health in these patients. It was found that people who underwent bariatric surgery had a 32.7% decrease in depression at the time of surgery and 16.5% decrease six to 12 months after surgery.
Joint pain relief
Carrying around excessive weight puts a lot of stress on your weight-bearing joints, often causing chronic pain and joint damage. The significant and sustained weight loss that occurs after bariatric surgery relieves the stress on joints and often allows people to stop using pain medications and enjoy much more mobility.
Weight loss surgery can also improve fertility during childbearing years. One study reported that the risk of miscarriage may decline after bariatric surgery and can improve menstrual cycles in women who don’t ovulate.
With obesity and its associated health complications rising at an alarming rate, bariatric surgery certainly represents a powerful tool for providing sustained relief for overweight people.
Since I have decided to move forth with the idea, I think essentially, it is important to choose a facility with extensive experience in performing these procedures. With that, I chose KTPH because I had seen great results from an ex-colleague who is a happier person in general. She has now successfully lost weight, married happily and currently pregnant with her first child.