The term ‘bariatric surgery’ was first coined in the 1950s after the first attempt to treat obesity by bypassing the stomach. Since then, bariatric surgery has expanded, shifting its focus beyond treating obesity.
Studies show that bariatric surgery can also play a significant role in the improvement of conditions like type 2 diabetes and other metabolic syndromes.
From “Bariatric” to “Metabolic” Surgery
Over the years, medical experts have recognized the maturation of bariatric surgery from merely a treatment for obesity to metabolic surgery due to its effect on the chemical processes that occur within a cell.
Effect on Type 2 Diabetes
In one study, which aims to determine the impact of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) on patients with severe and longstanding diabetes and low BMIs (between 30 and 35). About 88 percent of these patients experienced long-term remission of their diabetes. This led researchers to conclude that the procedure is a safe and effective way of inducing the remission of diabetes in patients with lower BMIs.
Effect on Cardiovascular Health
Aside from its impact on type 2 diabetes, weight loss surgery is also shown to have an effect on the blood pressure and blood cholesterol level. When added to lifestyle modification, bariatric surgery can improve or even resolve co-morbidities like high blood pressure, sleep apnea, lipid abnormalities, and many more.
Bariatric Surgery at Foothills
Foothills Weight Loss Specialists of Knoxville know the difference weight loss surgery can make in a patient’s life, so we make sure that our clients are well-informed about the procedure before undergoing surgery. If you are considering bariatric surgery to improve your metabolic condition, we’d love to be part of your journey.
The first step begins with a free educational seminar where the patient will learn about the different surgical options and the bariatric surgery process. After the seminar, there will be a series of consultations, evaluation, and more education to make sure that the patient is prepared mentally, emotionally, and physically for the procedure.
If you’re ready to take the first step, visit our website to start your free online seminar today.