Obesity is associated with an increased risk of developing certain disorders, which either disappear or are better controlled with conventional treatments following weight loss. This article summarizes the scientifically proven benefits of losing weight through bariatric surgery.
The number of people suffering from obesity has almost tripled during the last two decades. Since bariatric operations result in significant long-term weight loss, they are rapidly becoming among the most common procedures in North America. This escalating number of operations mirrors the epidemic of obesity seen in developed countries as well as the universal failure of non-operative treatments. With the decreasing number of insurance companies covering for bariatric surgery in the United States, patients are motivated to seek surgical options abroad.
Compared to patients undergoing conventional dietary regimens, patients undergoing bariatric surgery have lower incidence rates of high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and high blood triglyceride and cholesterol levels.