While most of us are aware there are medical benefits with weight loss surgery, there are also an array of non-medical benefits patients can expect.
Gold Coast Weight Loss surgeon Dr Jason Free reveals 6 areas of improvement patients can experience post weight loss surgery:
1. Depression & Anxiety
A Swedish study involving thousands of obese patients found that those who underwent surgery had a significant decrease in depression and anxiety, compared to those who were treated with diet, exercise and counselling.
2. Self-Concept and Personality
Self-concept refers to a patient’s perception of “self” including several important characteristics such as: self-esteem, body image, self-confidence, and sense of attractiveness and assertiveness. A recent published review of the literature suggests that weight loss surgery improves self-esteem, self-confidence, and expressiveness. These changes appear to be correlated with major improvements in body image and weight-loss satisfaction after surgery. Various studies have looked at improvement in self-esteem with results ranging from 89-96% of patients demonstrating an improved self-esteem. Even patients who had not lost as much weight as anticipated had a dramatic improvement in self-esteem.
Many obese people find it difficult to participate in activities they might otherwise enjoy & have limitations in movement and decreased mobility. Evidence shows weight loss surgery decreases the proportion of people with a “physical handicap” due to their obesity from 50% down to 6%.
The lack of motivation and tiredness many obese patients feel is dramatically improved following surgery. When looking at a person’s quality of life scoring, many noted their score almost doubled, from 35 to 67.
In a study of patients following sleeve gastrectomy, 85% noticed having an improvement in their sexual life.
6. Social Functioning
Surgical weight loss has been shown to decrease discrimination of others towards obese patients. “Public Distress” and “Social Functioning” scores on quality of life questionnaires showed significant improvements.
According to Dr Free, “most obese patients consider the impaired quality of life to be the most crippling aspect of their disease, despite having medical comorbidities which can be improved. After surgery, many consider the lifestyle improvement the greatest benefit.”
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