Surgical Weight Loss
Is Surgical Weight Loss Right for Me?
For those who are morbidly obese, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends weight loss surgery. At Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, we perform the following surgical weight loss procedures:
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Health Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery: By the Numbers
If you qualify for weight loss surgery, the following conditions or diseases are considered co-morbidities that can accompany obesity. After surgical weight loss, on average, research reveals that patients experienced the following improvements:
- Pseudotumor cerebri (unexplained pressure inside the skull): 96 percent resolved
- High cholesterol: 63 percent resolved
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: 90 percent improved buildup of fat in liver cells, 37 percent resolved inflammation
- Depression: 55 percent resolved
- Obstructive sleep apnea: 74 to 98 percent resolved
- Asthma: 82 percent improved or resolved
- Cardiovascular disease: 82 percent risk reduction
- Hypertension: 52 to 92 percent resolved
- Metabolic syndrome: 80 percent resolved
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): 72 to 98 percent resolved
- Type 2 diabetes: 83 percent resolved
- Stress urinary incontinence: 44 to 88 percent resolved
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome: 79 percent resolution of male pattern hair growth in women, 100 percent resolution of menstrual dysfunction
- Degenerative joint disease: 41 to 76 percent resolved
- Venous stasis disease: 95 percent resolved
- Gout: 77 percent resolved
In addition to these improvements, surgical weight loss has been found to improve quality of life in 95 percent of patients and reduce their risk of death within ten years by 30-40 percent.