The most obvious benefit is the ability to lose huge amounts of weight in a relatively short period of time. In some cases, patients lose up to 80 percent of their original body weight. In tandem with the loss of body weight and especially the loss of body fat, the risk of developing serious health conditions decreases significantly; examples of these conditions include:
- Heart disease
- Type II diabetes
- Sleep apnoea
- Respiratory problems
- Organ failure
In addition to decrease the likelihood of suffering serious health conditions, weight loss surgery can radically change a person’s life because it changes the way they feel about themselves and given them a new sense of confidence, which enables them to lead a much fuller and happier life in the future. Many people feel that their excessive body weight holds them back, in terms of their professional and social lives; losing weight restores their self-esteem and gives the extra energy and confidence to go and do the things they wanted to do when they were overweight.
In practical terms, weight loss surgery can make life much less of an ordeal for patients. Overweight people often find it harder to move around, as well as having difficulty finding clothes that fit them and struggling to fit in the seats on public transport and in restaurants, for example. Losing weight and becoming a healthy size makes life much easier and patients don’t have to worry about getting out and about.