Health Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

It’s no secret that morbid obesity has a severe negative impact on the quality of your life. What you may not know is that it has been found to affect the quality of your health and the length of your life as well.

Morbid obesity has been linked to several serious and life-threatening diseases. These co-morbid conditions include type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, acid reflux/GERD, and cancer. While most of these conditions do not develop for years, many people living with morbid obesity may have one or more of these health issues without even realizing it.

Bariatric surgery has been shown to provide relief from a number of these conditions. One study found that gastric bypass surgery reduced the total number of co-morbid conditions of participating patients by 96%. A number of other clinical studies have found the following:

Type 2 Diabetes

Resolved in 83.8% of gastric bypass and 47.8% of gastric banding patients.

High Blood Pressure

Resolved in 75.4% of gastric bypass and 38.4% of gastric banding patients.

High Cholesterol

Resolved in 95% of gastric bypass and 78.3% of gastric banding patients.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Resolved in 86.6% of gastric bypass and 94.6% of gastric banding patients.

Acid Reflux/GERD

Resolved in 98% of gastric bypass and 32.3% of gastric banding patients.


Improved in 47% of gastric bypass patients.

Osteoarthritis and Joint Pain

Resolved in 41% of gastric bypass patients.

Stress Urinary Incontinence

Resolved in 44% of gastric bypass patients.

Female Reproductive Health

Resolved menstrual dysfunction due to polycystic ovarian syndrome in 100% of gastric bypass patients.

Restored ovulation in 100% of gastric bypass patients.

Metabolic Syndrome

Resolved in 80% of gastric bypass patients.


Resolved in 57% of gastric bypass patients.

As these findings show, bariatric surgery is a proven treatment option for these and other co-morbid conditions. Better yet, it has improved life expectancy in patients by 29% to 89%. And that’s the real relief.