What motivates you most to consider weight loss surgery? Is it the potential of reaching your weight loss goal? The chance to start over with a healthier lifestyle? The ability to overcome health conditions and extend your life expectancy?
Everyone has their own reasons why they want to lose weight. Weight loss surgery comes with many different benefits, but the biggest benefit for you will depend on what you hope to gain out of your surgical experience.
Laparoscopic Surgery Brings Added Benefits
Minimally invasive surgical techniques have made weight loss surgery an advantageous option when it comes to losing weight. Gastric bypass procedures, Lap Band surgery and sleeve gastrectomy can all be performed as out-patient procedures with minimal downtime. This provides added health benefits outside of the weight loss benefits of each procedure.
These benefits include:
- Reduced scarring
- Reduced post-operative pain
- Faster recovery
- Reduced post-surgical downtime
- Shorter hospital stay
Many minimally invasive surgeries are performed as an outpatient procedure–which means you may be able to return home the day of your operation, if not the day after.
Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
After weight loss surgery you can expect to lose weight at a gradual but steady pace. As you lose weight you’ll be encouraged to make changes to your diet and exercise habits, and these changes together with your ongoing weight loss can reduce your risk of developing obesity related conditions like type-2 diabetes, heart disease and sleep apnea.
Weight loss and reduced health risk are two of the most commonly talked about benefits of weight loss surgery, but the benefits don’t stop there.
Let’s take a look at some of the additional benefits common after weight loss surgery:
- Increased mobility
- Higher energy levels
- Improved mental well-being
- Greater self-confidence
- Improved sleeping habits
- Increased concentration
- Extended life expectancy
Most laparoscopic adjustable gastric band patients see improvements in their health conditions, including obstructive sleep apnea, gastroesophageal disease, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and arthritis.
For some patients this means a reduction or elimination of medications, which often means reduced medical expenses, as well. Many people who struggle with infertility find themselves able to conceive thanks to the weight loss experienced after surgery.