Reasons for Bariatric Surgery:
Mobility Issues, Depression, Malignancy
Reasons for bariatric surgery can vary and they can be a combination of metabolic problems such as diabetes, hypertension or depression, disability or mobility issues.
Reasons for bariatric surgery?
Many patients who are battling obesity will develop arthritis in their major joints. The pain of their arthritis further limits their mobility and this can contribute to further weight gain. It can become vicious cycle. Bariatric surgery can be an important part of treating disability and mobility issues and some of the depression that is associated with this. In medical studies, people who lose weight with the help of bariatric surgery can become more confident, more active and therefore more mobile.
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What Are the Effects?
Studies have shown that obese people are about 25% more likely to experience a mood disorder like depression compared with those who are not obese.
If one of your reasons for bariatric surgery is linked to self esteem and your self image or depression issues then obesity surgery may be beneficial. Most studies have shown a significant benefit in terms of depression scores after surgery. Many patients will ultimately end up getting off their depression medications.
Weight loss surgery often improves sleep apnoea in long term studies. Getting rid of sleep apnoea often allows patients to get good quality sleep again and wake up feeling refreshed rather than tired and depressed.
Obesity surgery therefore may also reduce depression by improving disability and mobility issues holding patients back from life.
Obesity or metabolic surgery can also get rid of diabetes in many patients and this can give a great sense of improved wellness in itself. At Advance Surgical we also have a clinical psychologist who will be able to provide emotional support over the period of your journey. Follow up counseling may help you recover an empowered mindset.
Other reasons for Bariatric Surgery
Other reasons for bariatric surgery can be mobility problems due to:
- Advanced osteoarthritis (excessive wear) and rheumatoid (autoimmune driven) arthritis
- Back and spine conditions, deterioration and injuries
- Legs severely swollen with fluid
- Sores and ulcers, especially of the feet and limbs
Bariatric surgery and the weight loss that follows leads to independent mobility for at least 60% of the people who were wheelchair bound due to these conditions. Most achieve improved mobility between 1.5 to 2 years after surgery.
Malignancy and Cancer as reasons for Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric or Obesity surgery may also reduce cancer risks in patients. This is something that we are rapidly becoming more aware of. There are many cancers that are associated with obesity. These include breast, ovarian and uterine cancer in women. In all patients there is an increase in cancer risk from oesophageal , pancreatic and colon cancer.
Obesity surgery appears to be reducing the incidence of these cancers. It also seems that some patients with certain cancers such as breast and uterine may benefit from massive weight loss to improve their survival.
Start toward the new you. Call for your bariatric surgery consult at Advance Surgical Perth (08) 9386 2634.