Health benefits of bariatric surgery

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Obesity has developed into the number one health problem within the United States. Those suffering from obesity are also often suffering from co-morbid conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases, obstructive sleep apnea, hyperlipidemia, joint pain and/or osteoarthritis and reflux disease.  Obese individuals are also at higher risk of developing certain forms of cancer.

Losing weight, especially through bariatric surgery, can help reduce and sometimes resolve health risks and conditions associated with obesity. Studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine presented exciting research toward the fight against the obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemics.

The studies compared treating type 2 diabetics through weight-loss surgery (specifically Roux-en-Y gastric bypass) versus conventional medical therapy.  Results concluded that surgery proves more effective than conventional medical therapy in producing remission of type 2 diabetes.

Other benefits of bariatric surgery, other than substantial weight loss, include significant reduction in or resolution of cardiovascular disease risks, hypertension, Type 2 Diabetes, asthma, obstructive sleep apnea, depression, metabolic syndrome and joint pain.

If fully committed to a major lifestyle change, bariatric surgery offers individuals an overall improved quality of life and well-being.  Our community is fortunate to have an exceptional bariatric services program and team within the Cone Health network that is devoted to educating and helping individuals achieve long-term weight loss and overall health improvement.

Spokesperson Background:

Dr. Benjamin Hoxworth is a general surgeon, specializing in bariatric surgery at Central Carolina Surgery and a member of the Cone Health medical staff.  Dr. Hoxworth is a 1980 medical school graduate of University of Cincinnati.  He completed his residency in general surgery and a fellowship in nutrition and metabolism at Vanderbilt University.

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  • Michelle Vicari

    I had bariatric surgery (RNY gastric bypass) in 2006 My before & current picture: the 158 pound weight loss I achieved resolved all my health issues Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea, High Blood Pressure, and a host of other issues, I am off all 8 medications I was on prior to surgery. Best decision I ever made. I encourage readers thinking about weight loss surgery to research, talk to your doctor, attend a bariatric seminar to learn about all the different options, hit up post-ops about their experience. Having surgery was just one battle in a lifetime war versus obesity, every day I wake up and fight with healthy eating choices, moving my body and the most important in my opinion: working on the head, addressing the why’s of why I gained weight.

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