Bariatric Surgery: Benefits Beyond Weight Loss

According to various research, obesity is one of the leading preventable causes of death, increasing the risk of many physical and mental conditions.  One treatment for obesity is bariatric surgery.  There’s no question bariatric surgery helps with weight loss, but what are the other benefits to weight-loss surgery?

Improved quality of life

Bariatric surgery has been known to improve health and longevity.  Measures of quality of life include:

  • A decrease in physical limitations
  • Less fatigue and pain
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Improved social interactions
  • Reduced anxiety and depression

Improved health

There are several diseases that are caused or worsened by obesity.  Bariatric surgery is associated with improving or even curing certain co-morbidities, such as:

Increased life expectancy

Obesity has been linked to a shorter life span.  In fact, several large studies have found:

  • An 89% reduction in mortality throughout a 5-year observation period of bariatric patients
  • A 90% reduction in death from diabetes
  • A 50% reduction in death from heart disease
  • A 60% reduction in cancer mortality

Although all surgeries involve risk, the benefits of bariatric surgery are well documented. Your Mercy bariatric care team is available to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.  Mercy is committed to providing the highest quality care and expertise through every step of your weight loss journey.