Benefits, Risks, Efficacy

The most obvious benefit of bariatric surgery is weight loss. Most patients lose up to 70% of their excess weight within a year after surgery, and some can lose as much as 95%. Importantly, significant weight loss can be maintained for a decade or more following surgery. The amount and pace of weight loss varies from patient to patient, but our experienced clinical team can help you set a realistic “goal or set weight” and provide ongoing support and encouragement to help you achieve your goal.

Improved Health 

Obesity often causes or complicates serious medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Significant weight loss has been shown to greatly reduce or even eliminate many of these conditions, which can allow patients to cut out medication and enjoy greatly improved overall health. Note: Do not stop taking prescribed medications without consulting a doctor familiar with your medical history.

Increased Quality of Life

In addition to strictly physical benefits, substantial weight loss allows many patients to enjoy life more for a variety of reasons, including increased confidence, improved self-image, the ability to participate in enjoyable activities, and enhanced social relationships.

Keep in Mind 

Bariatric surgery has helped thousands of patients when nothing else could, but it truly is not appropriate for everyone or in all cases. As you consider your own situation and options for treatment, please be aware of the following:

Complications and Risks 

All surgery involves risk, and the likelihood of a particular outcome depends greatly on the individual patient and many complicated factors. Our Bariatric surgeons are always happy to discuss the potential risks as well as the expected benefits of weight loss surgery. Our goal is to ensure that you are well-informed and comfortable choosing the best treatment for your unique needs. Possible complications of weight loss surgery may include but not limited to: 

Effectiveness 

Post-surgery weight loss varies from patient to patient and depends in part on a number of factors:

In general, patients tend to lose weight quickly following surgery and continue to reduce weight for 1.5 to 2 years. Excess weight can drop by 30% to 50% within six months and increase to 77% by the end of the first year. What's more remarkable is that many patients maintain this weight loss for years or even decades.