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Health Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery

Are you ready to live your live free of obesity and related diseases like diabetes, heart disease and hypertension? Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, often results in not only safe, long-term weight loss, but improved overall health and well-being, including everything from increased energy, to the resolution of type II diabetes to a longer life. If you meet the qualifications and decide to have bariatric surgery to address obesity and related health issues, your overall outlook on life will change. Are you ready to live your life?

Learn more below about some of the these significant health benefits that may result from weight loss surgery, or sign up now for a free bariatric surgery seminar.

Diabetes Control

Did you know that weight loss surgery is an effective tool for preventing, treating and even resolving diabetes in some cases? Studies show that in a number of patients, weight-loss surgery completely resolves or significantly improves type 2 diabetes. As a result, patients can often stop or reduce diabetes treatments such as insulin and medications. Weight loss surgery can also reduce the risk of diabetes complications, such as blindness, limb amputation, kidney disease, and stroke.

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High Cholesterol

Gastric bypass surgery can help lower cholesterol and improve the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL (good) cholesterol. The American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) sites studies reporting that within just six months of gastric bypass, nearly all patients with high cholesterol had normal blood cholesterol levels and 91 percent of patients who were on statins or other lipid-lowering drugs before surgery no longer needed them. Even after six years, all patients were off medication.

High Blood Pressure

Seventy percent of patients who have high blood pressure and who are taking medications to control it are able to stop all medications and have a normal blood pressure, usually within two to three months after surgery. When medications are still required, their dosage can often be lowered, with reduction of medication side effects.

Heart Disease

Although it can’t be stated that heart disease is reduced by weight loss surgery, the improvement in problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes certainly suggests that improvement in risk is very likely. In one recent study, the risk of death from cardiovascular disease was profoundly reduced in diabetic patients who are particularly susceptible to this problem.

Asthma/Respiratory Insufficiency

Most asthmatics find that they have fewer and less severe attacks, or sometimes none at all. Improvement of exercise tolerance and breathing ability usually occurs within the first few months after surgery. Often, patients who have barely been able to walk find that they are able to participate in family activities and even sports.

Sleep Apnea Syndrome

Dramatic relief of sleep apnea occurs as our patients lose weight. Many report that within a year of surgery their symptoms were completely gone, and they had even stopped snoring altogether - and their spouses agree. Many patients who require an accessory breathing apparatus to treat sleep apnea no longer need it after surgically induced weight loss.

Gastroesophageal (Acid) Reflux Disease

Relief of all symptoms of reflux usually occurs within a few days of surgery for nearly all patients.

Stress Urinary Incontinence

This condition responds dramatically to weight loss and usually becomes completely controlled. A person who is still troubled by incontinence can choose to have specific corrective surgery later, with much greater chance of a successful outcome with a reduced body weight.

Low Back Pain, Degenerative Disk Disease, and Degenerative Joint Disease

Patients usually experience considerable relief of pain and disability from degenerative arthritis and disk disease and from pain in the weight-bearing joints. This relief tends to occur early, usually with the first 25 to 30 pounds lost. If there is nerve irritation or structural damage already present, it may not be reversed by weight loss and some pain may persist.


Weight loss surgery may help infertility in obese women especially those that are infertile due to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Significant weight loss after surgery can help restore normal menstrual cycles, reduce high androgen levels and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes all which plays a role in a woman's fertility.

Bariatric Toolkit

Use the tools below to get started on your weight loss journey with help from the ProMedica Toledo Hospital Metabolic and Bariatric Center.

Bariatric Seminar

Attend one of our monthly seminars to learn more about bariatric surgical procedures, ask questions and determine whether you're a candidate.

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Success Stories

Hear directly from former patients about their battles with obesity and their experiences with the weight loss process.

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