6 Medical Conditions That Improve With a Sleeve Gastrectomy

When you have a significant amount of weight to lose, bariatric surgery can help you achieve success, even when other efforts have failed in the past. However, the benefits of surgical procedures like sleeve gastrectomy go far beyond simply shedding excess pounds. They can actually offer solutions for several medical conditions, too.

At LoneStar Bariatrics, Dr. Chad Carlton and his team specialize in both surgical and nonsurgical weight loss solutions. If you have a BMI of 40 or more — or at least 35 with other health-related problems — gastric sleeve surgery could improve the following six medical conditions.

1. Cardiovascular disease

Within only one year of having bariatric surgery, your risk of heart disease drops significantly. To be more precise, your chances of getting cardiovascular disease within 10 years drops 40%. As part of this, you can expect to see: 

These results last for as long as you keep the weight off.

2. Type 2 diabetes

Many who undergo gastric sleeve surgery lose 60-70% of their excess weight within the first year of their procedure. This rapid weight loss does wonders for controlling glucose in the blood. When you have diabetes, your blood glucose gets too high, putting you at risk of serious health complications. For people with Type 2 diabetes, obesity often plays a significant role in this issue.

Bariatric surgeries, like sleeve gastronomy, can offer long-term remission for Type 2 diabetes, even in cases where it’s been difficult to control. Studies even show almost all patients can remain insulin- and medication-free for at least three years after having bariatric surgery.

3. Infertility 

Obesity takes a toll on fertility in both men and women. Not only does excess weight disrupt hormonal balance, but it can also impair sperm production, ovulation, and exacerbate other reproductive diseases, like polycystic ovary syndrome. 

Fortunately, bariatric surgery is the most effective method for correcting both hormone balance and sexual function in both men and women. It also improves male sperm count and pregnancies in women.

4. Cancer

The benefits of bariatric surgery and your hormones don’t stop with fertility. Undergoing weight-loss surgery also decreases your risk of developing hormone-related cancer by 77%. Examples of these cancers include:

Men and women with severe obesity also see a 50% drop in all cancers when they lose more than 20% of their total body weight.

5. Joint pain

Carrying excess weight puts added strain on your joints, putting you at risk of pain and osteoarthritis. This is especially true for weight-bearing joints in your body, like your hips and knees. 

For a little perspective, consider this example from Harvard Medical School: If you walk across level ground and weigh 200 pounds, you have about 300 pounds of pressure on your knees — or 1½ times your body weight. When you add an incline, it increases this pressure by 2-3 times. And, if you squat to tie your shoes or pick something up, it surges to 4-5 times your body weight.

Losing as little as 10-15 pounds of extra weight can greatly reduce this excess pressure. So, imagine the pain relief that would come from losing 5-15 pounds each week in the first 30 days alone.

6. Obstructive sleep apnea

This serious sleep disorder occurs when the soft tissue in your throat periodically collapses while you sleep, temporarily stopping your breathing. Each time this happens, your diaphragm and chest muscles have to work harder to reopen your closed airway. Not only does this process increase your blood pressure, but it also reduces the flow of oxygen to your organs. Without treatment, obstructive sleep apnea increases your chances of serious health complications, like:

Approximately 85% of people with this condition are also obese, and bariatric surgery provides remission in 80-85% of cases.

Ready to experience the medical benefits that come with sleeve gastrectomy for yourself? Contact one of our offices in Plano or Waxahachie, Texas, to schedule an appointment today.

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