How Weight-Loss Surgery Improves Coexisting Diseases from Type 2 Diabetes to Arthritis

You’re only human if your first thought when it comes to losing weight is about your appearance and how great you’re going to look in that fabulous new wardrobe you’ve been eyeing.

If you’ve struggled with excess weight, you may be craving a body that lets you get up and do those things others take for granted. Simple activities like a stroll on the beach, an evening at the club, or a trip to a nearby amusement park are often out of bounds when you’re carrying more weight than you body has the energy and muscle to support.  

The talented team of surgeons and support staff at Bay Surgical Weight Loss want you to experience all the benefits of reaching your weight-loss goals — including the opportunity to feel better about your appearance and the chance to live a longer, healthier life.

They’re happy to explain the positive impact weight-loss surgery can have on your emotional and physical well-being, sometimes even before the number on your scale starts its decline.

Weight-loss surgery and type 2 diabetes

Ongoing medical research continues to indicate that weight-loss surgery has a dramatically positive effect on diabetes management. A review of 621 studies involving 135,247 patients, cited by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, indicated that 85% of individuals with diabetes noted a significant improvement in blood sugar control, while 78% overall experienced full remission of their diabetes.

Particularly intriguing is the fact that these benefits often occur well before you lose a significant amount of weight. In fact, some patients achieve normal blood sugar levels and can stop taking their diabetic medications before they even leave the hospital after surgery.

Results also depend on the type of weight-loss surgery you choose. About 80% of those undergoing laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, for instance, experience remission from type 2 diabetes. Only 60% of individuals who have an adjustable gastric band (AGB) procedure go into remission, and you must experience significant weight loss first.

Along with improved diabetes control or remission, your risk of developing other diabetes-related medical illnesses also drops, including your risk for heart disease, kidney dysfunction, nerve disorders, and a host of other serious conditions.

Weight-loss surgery and relief from joint pain

Obesity can place significant strain on your joints and accelerate the effects of osteoarthritis, a painful condition that occurs when the cartilage in your joints begins to wear away and lose its cushioning effects. Excess weight is especially hard on weight-bearing joints, such as your knees and hips.

Obesity may also increase your body’s inflammatory response. Fat cells, especially those in the abdomen, secrete cytokines, which produce inflammation and can worsen arthritis and the joint pain that comes with it. Weight loss following bariatric surgery helps take the burden off your joints and may reduce chronic inflammation, lessening your joint pain.

As you become more physically active, you can also work on strengthening the muscles surrounding your joints. This helps provide natural protection against injury.

Weight-loss surgery and your psychological health

The weight loss you achieve after surgery can significantly improve your overall quality of life by boosting your self-esteem as well as your willingness to participate in activities you enjoy but have recently been watching from the sidelines. Most of our patients also note significant improvement in work and social relationships.

All of these factors can help reduce depression, relieve anxiety, and decrease your sense of isolation.

Weight-loss surgery and …

Other chronic obesity-related medical conditions that often come under better control after weight-loss surgery include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Asthma and other breathing disorders
  • Cholesterol abnormalities
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, which can lead to cirrhosis (scarring of the liver)
  • Venostasis (slow blood flow in your veins)
  • Urinary stress incontinence

While it’s a powerfully effective tool in helping you shed excess pounds quickly and safely, weight-loss surgery is not a magical cure for obesity. To accomplish your goal, you must be willing to follow the nutrition plan we provide, increase your activity level as directed, and otherwise stick with the weight-loss strategy we help you create.

We partner with you and provide ongoing support as you journey toward a slimmer, healthier you. Make an appointment today at Bay Surgical Weight Loss in St. Petersburg, Florida to get started on your weight-loss adventure.

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