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Bariatric Benefits & Risks

Weight Loss Surgery Benefits

Weight loss surgery has proven to be the most effective and long-lasting treatment for morbid obesity. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), bariatric surgery is the only proven weight loss method for those suffering from morbid obesity (BMI of 40 or more). Plus, many obesity-related health conditions can improve and even be eliminated as a result. Here are just a few examples of the health benefits many of our East Valley bariatric surgery patients now enjoy. You may be able to achieve these health benefits, too, after undergoing weight loss surgery:*

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Improved blood glucose (blood sugar) levels, potentially preventing type 2 diabetes
  • Lessened or eliminated asthma attacks
  • Improved sleep, lessened potential for sleep apnea and snoring
  • Relief from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and heartburn
  • Improved bladder control
  • Comfort and relief from lower back pain, inflammation and degenerative diseases
  • Improved metabolic health
  • For women, lessened menstrual dysfunction and improved fertility health
  • Relief from migraine headaches and depression
  • Enhanced quality of life and longevity
  • Resolved depression

Weight Loss Surgery Risks

As is the case with all types of surgeries, weight loss surgery involves risks. Complications from bariatric surgery — such as wound infections, abdominal bleeding, staple/suture leakage, respiratory failure, pulmonary problems or other surgery-related issues — occur in less than 5% of the procedures performed nationwide. In addition, the average mortality rate for patients undergoing bariatric surgery is less than 1% nationwide and continues to decline. It is always beneficial to consult with your physician before committing to any type of surgery. Your health care team and surgeon at The Bridges Center will help you navigate the process of weighing risks and benefits specific to your health condition.

Longer-term negative affects of bariatric surgery can include such issues as ulcers, anemia, vitamin deficiencies, temporary hair thinning and symptomatic gallstones. Depending on the type of procedure, additional negative affects can include abdominal cramping, faintness and headaches. However, many of these risks can be eliminated and/or minimized with a proper nutritional diet and regular physical exercise. Central to our philosophy at The Bridges Center is the belief that patients should be fully empowered before and after their procedure to make healthy choices about diet, exercise, supplements, and other aspects of life post-bariatric surgery.

Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?

Join our board-certified surgeons for a free surgical weight loss seminar here in the East Valley. Can’t make it to a seminar? Take an hour-long bariatric surgery webinar to receive the same certificate. Select the link below for details and the current schedule of weight loss seminars in Phoenix and Mesa:

Attend a Weight Loss Seminar or Webinar

*Please note: Results are not 100% guaranteed and may vary from one person to another.

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Please note: Results are not 100% guaranteed and may vary from one person to another.