Let’s start by taking a look at what you can expect from bariatric surgery.
Reduced risk of cancer – : Bariatric surgery reduces cancer risk in morbidly obese patients
Improved self-esteem and quality of life – International Journal of Obesity: Does obesity surgery improve psychosocial functioning? A systematic review
Improvement in fertility and complications during pregnancy – Human Reproduction Update: Reproductive outcome after bariatric surgery: a critical review
Longer life – The New England Journal of Medicine: Long-term Mortality After Gastric Bypass
Thia is a common list comorbidities that are often improved with bariatric surgery.
- Sleep Apnea
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Venous Stasis Disease (Collection of Blood in the Lower Limbs)
- Soft Tissue Infections
Type 2 Diabetes is extremely common in morbidly obese patients. Data shows that laparoscopic gastric bypass, lap gastric banding and gastric sleeve surgery can reduce your dependence on medication and often completely resolve the condition.
Less frequent comorbidities that are occasionally accepted by insurance include:
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Fatty Liver Syndrome
- Gall Bladder Disease
- Stroke or Stroke Risk
- Inability to Carry Out Daily Activities
- Psychosocial Stress Resulting From Obesity
- GERD (Acid Reflux Disease)
- Knee and back pain
Bariatric surgery is not a cosmetic procedure. While you will lose weight and may look better, the success of bariatric surgery should be based on a reduction of co-morbidities, improved longevity, and an improved quality of life, not numbers on a scale. Are you happier, healthier and going to live longer?
Let’s take a look at some non-scale victories.
- When you don’t need the extender belt on an airplane.
- When you can shave your legs without a struggle or mirror.
- When you make it up the stairs without breaking a sweat.
- When you are not embarrassed to take a picture.
- When you get to wear that dress that you’ve had in your closet for years.
- When you can cross your legs.
- When you aren’t the biggest person in the room.
- When you fit comfortably in a seat.
- When you can wrap a standard bath towel around your body.
- When you don’t have to shop at plus size stores.
- When you can get in and out of booths easily at restaurants.
- When your joints don’t hurt at the end of the day.
- When you are not the ‘fat’ member of your group of friends.
The list can be different for everyone. Losing weight does so much more than just improving medical conditions and lowering the number on your scale.
Celebrate your non-scale victories. Make a list of the things you want to do that your weight has prevented you from doing and reward yourself when you reach those goals. Don’t reward yourself with food. A manicure, tickets to a concert or sporting event, a night out with the friends is great rewards.