5 Ways Bariatric Surgery Can Change Your Life

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Posted: May 26th, 2019

Bariatric surgery is proven to help you lose weight, but it can also empower you to enjoy a more active, fulfilling life.

Losing weight is just one of the benefits of weight loss surgery — others include improved mental health, pain relief, and treatment for diabetes and hypertension. If you’re suffering from weight-related health problems or loss of confidence, bariatric surgery can enhance your overall quality of life.

Here are some of the ways undergoing weight loss surgery with Long Island Laparoscopic Doctors can help you become a happier, healthier you:

  1. Bariatric surgery can reverse serious health conditions.

According to a Cleveland Clinic study, bariatric surgery can cause long-term remission of type 2 diabetes. Weight loss procedures help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. In addition to improving your overall well-being, bariatric surgery allows many people with type 2 diabetes to stop using insulin and other diabetes medications.

Carmine L. received a gastric bypass at Long Island Laparoscopic Doctors. Of his experience, he says, “It began an entire new life for me. I suffered from type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure for years, and almost overnight, my diabetes practically disappeared. I am off all medications and able to lead the much more physical life I enjoy.”

  1. It provides joint pain relief.

Excess weight puts stress on your joints, especially in the knees and ankles. This can lead to chronic pain and even joint damage. Weight loss surgery helps relieve this stress, allowing you to enjoy a more active life. The procedure can also reduce your reliance on medications to manage joint pain.

  1. Weight loss surgery increases your confidence.

Social stigma may cause obese or overweight people to feel depressed and isolated. In addition, a poor body image and fear of negative judgement can lead you to avoid activities you might otherwise enjoy. While you can be confident at any size, many people find that after losing excess weight through bariatric surgery, they are more socially active and enjoy more meaningful relationships.

Darnell P., a patient at Long Island Laparoscopic Doctors, describes his experience undergoing a gastric sleeve procedure: “I am more active with family and friends. I feel more confident when going into clothing stores because my size isn’t an issue any longer.”

  1. Physical activity becomes easier and more enjoyable.

As joint pain and other health conditions disappear, you’ll likely find that exercise is much more enjoyable. After their recovery, patients often feel more energetic and confident, and are able to try new activities they would never have attempted before their surgery.

“I started kickboxing and doing things I never thought possible when I was 310 pounds! I felt younger, stronger, and healthier. I was the best me I have ever been!” says Heather S., who underwent a gastric sleeve procedure.

  1. Bariatric surgery improves sleep quality.

Many overweight people suffer from sleep apnea, an uncomfortable and potentially dangerous condition. Fortunately, studies have shown that over 75% of obese patients who undergo weight loss surgery see an improvement in their sleep apnea symptoms. In many cases, this allows them to enjoy a more restful night’s sleep without needing to use a CPAP machine.

Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You?

From gastric bypass to gastric sleeve, there are a variety of weight loss procedures available to help you improve your physical and mental health. If you think bariatric surgery might be the right option for you, get in touch with Dr. Atwa and his team at Long Island Laparoscopic Doctors today.