Bariatric surgery, along with other tools such as proper nutrition, exercise, and behavior modification, can be an effective tool to provide people with long-term weight loss along with an increase in the quality of their health. The qualified doctors working through the Tijuana Bariatric Center can help patients achieve the many health and personal benefits of bariatric surgery. Procedures performed at a Tijuana, Mexico, hospital are available for a fraction of the cost of bariatric surgery in the U.S. Nearly any age patient can benefit, including seniors.
Obesity is a serious problem and can cause a myriad of medical issues. Many people who are severely obese have difficulty losing weight with conventional methods such as exercise, calorie reduction, and commercial weight-loss programs.
Bariatric surgery changes the anatomy of a patient’s gastrointestinal tract, or stomach and digestive system. Certain bariatric procedures even affect the production of hormones in the intestines, which reduces hunger and makes a person feel fuller for longer. These changes can all lead to substantial weight loss.
Certain bariatric procedures affect the production of hormones in the intestines, which reduces hunger and makes the patient feel fuller for longer.
After bariatric surgery, patients are encouraged to engage in more physical activities like walking, swimming, biking, and hiking. This increased activity, along with weight loss, can also increase the body’s metabolism (ability to burn fat), which sustains weight loss. Bariatric surgery can result in what is known as massive weight loss. This type of weight loss regulates a stress hormone known as cortisol and insulin, which is used to regulate sugar levels. It also reduces the uptake and storage of fat.
Although the specifics are not fully understood, bariatric surgery seems to reverse the progression of obesity in various ways. Studies have shown that more than 90% of bariatric surgery patients can maintain long-term weight loss of at least 50% of their excess body weight.
Studies show that for severely obese patients, massive weight loss through bariatric surgery can greatly decrease the risk of death compared to severely obese people who did not have the surgery. Studies also show a great reduction in death from diabetes and heart disease.
Bariatric surgery leading to massive weight loss can improve or even cure high blood pressure, sleep apnea, asthma, arthritis, cholesterol problems, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), among other diseases. Weight loss usually has the effect of lowering a patient’s blood pressure, which in turn decreases the patient’s risk of heart attack and stroke. Loss of excess weight can even reduce a patient’s risk of developing cancers that are associated with extra weight.
Studies have also shown a huge number of people with type II diabetes who undergo bariatric surgery experience a remission of the disease. This finding is notable because it was previously thought that type II diabetes was a progressive and incurable disease.
Often, patients also find that their fertility is improved and some patients are able to become pregnant more easily.
Patients who undergo bariatric surgery find that they can move more comfortably, feel more motivated to exercise, and often socialize more than before the surgery. Significantly decreasing weight puts less strain on the patient’s lower back and joints, especially the knees and hips. These results can be particularly beneficial as the patient gets older. Self-esteem also typically improves with weight loss and patients see a reduction in depression and anxiety.
If you are ready to live a healthier lifestyle, we can help. For additional information on how bariatric surgery can benefit you, contact the Tijuana Bariatric Center today.