Gastric Bypass: Benefits Other Than Weight Loss

Seems having a gastric bypass will do more than just help you lose weight. According to this article from the American Society For Metabolic And Bariatric Surgery, systems all over your body can see dramatic gastric bypass surgery benefits.

Suzanne at the Thinner Times Forum (great forum, by the way!) posted the following image. It really makes the point!

Gastric Bypass Benefits

Reprinted with permission of The Cleveland Clinic Center for Medical Art & Photography © 2007. All Rights Reserved

Personally, I have experience with polysystic ovarian syndrome and metabolic syndrome, sciatica, migraines, depression, and possibly sleep apnea (needing a sleep study on that one – if I have it, it hasn’t gone away yet.)

So how do my co-morbidities stack up?

Well, the PCOS kinda went away when I had a hysterectomy in 2003. But the metabolic syndrome definitely seems better – I no longer get low blood sugar if I don’t eat, and I certainly have been able to lose weight. Haven’t had a migraine since surgery. Have had some depression, though now it’s occasional bouts instead of a constant threat looming on the horizon.

Some of the things I notice about the image and the article: The stats come from multiple studies, so there’s no set amount of time after surgery by which these improvements should have appeared. Also, I notice the image cites an 89% reduction in mortality, while the article I linked to says that reduction is in the mortality rate from morbid obesity. Big difference!

Evidence seems to suggest, however, that the majority of patients do see a marked improvement in health following surgery. But majority doesn’t mean ALL.

In an upcoming post, I’m going to give the other side of the story and talk about some of the bad things that can happen as a result, and share the experiences of some who haven’t had such a pleasant gastric bypass experience.

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