According to medical records, approximately 1.4 million citizens, from the United Kingdom, suffers from morbid obesity. Unfortunately, only 1 percent of theses patients seek other cures for their disease. A study conducted by the University College of London has discovered that bariatric surgery has many hidden benefits.
Over the years, there have been many studies which showcased the benefits of bariatric surgery, also known as weigh-loss surgery. This surgical procedure may yet hold many more benefits apart from losing those extra pounds.
As the study would suggest it, patients undergoing bariatric surgery for morbid obesity have decreased chances of developing heart-related diseases and type-2 diabetes. Moreover, apart from explicit cosmetic beanies, weight-loss surgery is also capable of keeping the blood pressure at bay and minimize the chances of myocardial infarction or severe brain strokes.
In order to see the actual impact of such a surgical procedure on patients who have a high BMI, several British health institutes pooled their resources and consulted several key sources. It would seem that the best source of information for the study was the UK ’s Clinical Practice Research Datalink, a computer database which contains medical records on 8 percent of Britain’s population.
And so, in order to see this procedure in action, using the information acquired via the datalink program, the team of researchers has decided to compare 3882 obese patients who underwent bariatric surgery with 3882 patients who chose not to submit themselves to any invasive procedures.
From a statistical point, the average age of the participants was 45 years old and approximately 81 percent of them were women.
The study would follow the patients evolution from the pre-operative period until the post-operative period. Over the course of 3 and a half years, the team has reached the conclusion that bariatric surgery has many hidden benefits. Most of the patients began losing pounds just after four months.
According to their assessment, an average patient who underwent bariatric surgery would lose about 11 pounds in the first four months after the surgery, and an average 2 pounds over the course of 2 years.
In terms of surgical techniques, bariatric surgery has 3 traditional approaches: sleeve gastrectomy, gastric band surgery, and gastric bypass. In line with their appraisal of the situation, it would seem that the latter technique yields the best results. The patient’s BMI would significantly decrease over a period of 4 years.
In conclusion, bariatric surgery has many hidden benefits, ranging from cosmetic reasons to preventing high blood pressure and type-2 diabetes. According to their projections, it would seem that if patients saw the benefits of this form of surgery approximately 80000 cases of high blood pressure, 40000 cases of diabetes and more than 5000 heart strokes would have been averted.