The study followed 1,787 severely obese veterans who got gastric bypass surgery between 2000 and 2011. It compared their weight loss over time to a group of 5,305 similarly obese veterans who did not have the surgery.
After one year, the surgical group had lost 31 percent of their body weight. After 10 years, the group had still managed to keep off 29 percent. Only 3.4 percent of patients ended up gaining the weight back.
Of the surgeries the researchers followed, gastric bypass was by far the most successful. While this surgery is more complicated than other kinds of weight loss surgery, it gets results.
Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery is a form of bariatric surgery that divides the stomach’s small upper pouch from the lower, larger section. The smaller section is then connected directly to the small intestine, while the larger section remains connected as normal. By separating the stomach into two separate pouches, the gastric bypass procedure reduces appetite and cravings, helping the patient lose weight.
Dr. Jon Gould, chief of general surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, commented on the study and said that the surgery does more than alter the physical organs — it actually changes the hormones in the digestive system, as well. This causes the brain to feel less hungry and more full, leading to more sustainable long-term weight loss.
In addition to the weight loss benefits, Dr. Dirk says 75 percent of his patients lower their blood pressure, 95 percent of patients improve their cholesterol and 40 percent of patients find relief from joint and back pain.
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