Bariatric surgery (procedures intended to cause weight loss for those who are morbidly obese) can result in significant improvements in a person’s overall health. A new study from Sweden shows that it can also result in less heart attacks, strokes and death in obese people compared to those who didn’t have surgery. This study adds to the growing evidence that bariatric surgeries such as gastric bypass and gastric banding not only result in significant weight loss, but also have health benefits that are independent of the lost weight.
Bariatric surgery has some risks and therefore is reserved for patients with significant obesity and a high BMI (body mass index). Following the dramatic weight loss, many patients choose to have plastic surgery to remove excess skin once they reach their new weight goal. For more information on body contouring after massive weight loss, go to the before and after pictures of Bariatric Patients.
- Source: JAMA Volume 307, Page 56, 2012
- Image Source: luigi diamanti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net (Unless otherwise noted, all images are models and not actual patients.)
- Copyright: Karol A. Gutowski, M.D., Chicago, IL, 2012