In the last couple of decades obesity has turned into a big national health issue. Obesity nowadays is nearly becoming the principal preventable cause of death in the United States, due to the large number of conditions that affect people with obesity, like diabetes, high blood pressure, the risk of heart disease and more. These can severely affect the health of adults and even children, whose overweight rates have doubled in the last years.

Is bariatric surgery an option for overweight people? Yes it is! The National Institutes of Health (1991) declared that a weight loss surgery for the morbidly obese combined with behavior modifications (like feeding habits) is the most reliable and effective option for long term maintenance of weight loss.

Because of the big problem it represents on the health of the population, the American College of Cardiology, the Obesity Society and the American Heart Association published in 2013 guidelines for the treatment of obesity. In those guidelines the experts talk about bariatric surgery and recommend the evaluation of obesity cases to an experienced bariatric surgeon, in order to offer the patients an alternative treatment. It’s important to consider that a weight loss surgery is the last resort for patients who are morbidly obese, after they have tried other treatments and the desired results have not been obtained.

Before you take the decision to change your life with a gastric sleeve surgery, it is important to be well informed about the procedure, the recovery period and the details of the post-operative care you should take after the surgery. Before the procedure, you will also be evaluated by a nutritionist, to establish the most convenient diet for you. Also, a psychologist will help you understand all the changes after the surgery, which will be important for the long-term success of the treatment.

Benefits of the Bariatric Surgery

Weight reduction increases life expectancy. Tobacco is the first leading underlying cause of preventable death, the second is obesity. The probability of dead from an obesity related condition, like heart disease, is far greater than from the risks of a bariatric surgery. In fact, the risk of an early death because of obesity is twice that of a healthy person.

Health improvement, specially those health conditions related with obesity.
A weight loss surgery has the power to cure many diseases related with obesity. After the surgery, the results in patients are very noticeable. Diabetes, hypertension, gastroesophageal reflux and even sleep apnea can disappear or have reduced effects. The risk of developing certain types of cancer can also be reduced by a weight loss surgery, according to recent research.

Long-Term Weight Loss

The principal motivation and long-term goal of bariatric surgery is to have a better life quality and increase the life expectancy. Of course the surgery has more short-term benefits, like a better image, increase in self esteem and improvement in obesity-related health conditions.

Consider that, like in any other surgery or medical treatment, there can be unexpected results. To achieve the long-term goals after a weight loss surgery it is important that patients and their families make a lifelong commitment with their health. A change in lifestyle can implicate some strain between families and couples, but in the process before and after the surgery, their support is very important for the patient. To offer follow-up care and help patients deal with all the changes, most bariatric surgeons offer continuing education, dietitians and support groups.

After all the information about bariatric surgery in Tijuana Mexico and the assessment of an expert surgeon, the decision to have the surgery is up to you. Consider all the benefits and the side effects of the surgery and be clear that this procedure is only a tool, the success depends on a change of habits, your diet and the commitment with your new healthy lifestyle.

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