Bariatric Surgery Benefits

Bariatric Surgery Benefits

bariatric surgery patient couple riding a bike post surgeryLosing weight can be hard. Like so many people, you’ve probably tried dieting and exercising. Sometimes that works, but it doesn’t always last. It may feel like you've run out of options, but you haven’t. Bariatric surgery may help you finally find hope and success on your journey to a healthier you. 

How can bariatric surgery help you?

  • Long-term weight loss. Surgery can help you lose weight and keep it off. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognized bariatric surgery as the most effective treatment to tackle severe obesity and maintain long-term weight loss.1 Breaking free from the weight gain cycle allows you to spend more energy on the things that matter most to you. 
  • Improved health conditions. Surgery may improve or even relieve weight related conditions such as type 2 diabetes,2,3 sleep apnea,2,4 joint pain,5 high blood pressure,2,4 high cholesterol,6* and more. Most people who undergo surgery experience a significant decrease in the number of obesity-related medications taken3 as well as lowered health care costs.7,8 
  • Better quality of life. A healthier weight allows for a renewed sense of self. Following surgery, individuals reported an increase in self-esteem and self-confidence. They also experienced more economic opportunities and spent more time doing recreational and physical activities. 

Health outcomes vary depending on the individual, the type of procedure, and the level of commitment to lifestyles changes. Talk with your doctor about the potential benefits for you. It may also help to speak with a bariatric surgeon, who can tell you more about the benefits of surgery and the overall process. Click here for a list of bariatric surgeons in your area.


*Figure is for hyperlipidemia. Hyperlipidemia is a general term used for high fats in blood, which may include cholesterol and/or triglycerides.

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