Demystifying the Role of Weight Loss Surgery

There is widespread belief that weight loss surgery is a last resort treatment for patients who are struggling to lose weight. Indeed, most primary care physicians, endocrinologists and cardiologists do not refer an obese patient for gastric sleeve or Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery until it is too late. Endocrinologists resort to escalating doses of long acting insulin in hopeless attempts to control blood sugar. Cardiologists spend countless hours chasing high cholesterol and blood pressure. Pulmonologists work tirelessly adjusting CPAP machines to improve breathing and control sleep apnea… The result is disease progression with more weight gain, shortened survival, and poor quality of life.

Weight loss surgery is currently the only effective, reliable and durable treatment for obesity and associated diseases like type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, weight loss surgery is safe with less than 1% mortality and morbidity rates. Accordingly, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass procedures must be considered early in the disease process. Young patients have many productive years ahead of them. The earlier we intervene in a chronic disease, the more effective the treatment can be and the longer it can last. Studies have clearly shown that the longer the duration of type 2 diabetes, the less likely is the resolution rate following laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. So why wait? Intervene now to relieve your body from the toll of obesity. Stop the Yo-Yo dieting for good and throw away all the supplements you are taking to lose weight. Reverse the damage obesity has incurred on your health and gain back your life.

If you suffer from excess weight and other obesity related diseases call the experts at Houston Weight Loss Surgery Center for a complimentary consultation.


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Ten-year duration of type 2 diabetes as prognostic factor for remission after sleeve gastrectomy.
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