Q&A Topic: Benefits of Weight-Loss Surgery

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Mitchell S. Roslin, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Q. Who can benefit from weight-loss surgery?

A. First, let’s look at the host of major health problems linked to obesity. Two frequent consequences are type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, which increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Another serious potential problem is sleep apnea, in which a person’s airway collapses during sleep, and breathing stops for long periods. The condition can raise blood pressure, and can cause a dangerous level of daytime sleepiness. Obesity is also a known cause of elevated blood fats, arthritis pain, mobility problems, asthma, and infertility. Despite the major health, emotional, and social problems they face, many obese people can’t lose weight through dieting and exercise. For these people, surgical weight-loss (bariatric surgery) can be the route to almost miraculously improved health—and greater happiness.

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Q. What are the benefits of bariatric surgery?

A. They are remarkable. Studies published in The New England Journal of Medicine show that, for obese patients, bariatric surgery is more effective than exercise, dieting and even drugs, in controlling the high blood sugar of diabetes, reducing blood pressure, lowering the risk of heart disease, and improving overall health. What’s more, type 2 diabetes often decreases dramatically, or sometimes completely abates, due to the large weight loss common after bariatric surgery. The same weight loss can actually cure sleep apnea, and can also normalize female hormones, enhancing fertility and improving the ability to become pregnant.

Q. What are my surgical options?

A. Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) offers a full-range of advanced, minimally invasive procedures, including adjustable gastric band, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch and Stomach Intestinal Pylorus Sparing surgery (SIPS). At NWH, our team of experts in nutrition, fitness, psychology, and patient education guides you through your journey, supporting your commitment to maintaining weight loss long after surgery.

Northern Westchester Hospital
Director, Bariatric Surgery
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