How Effective is Surgery? Success = Losing 50% of Excess Body Weight Bariatric Surgery Health Benefits Successful Weight Loss Successful Weight Loss Weight loss surgery is considered successful when a patient loses 50% or more of excess body weight (the "overweight") and keeps the weight off for at least five years. Several factors influence a patient's success: Age Pre-surgery weight Overall health Surgical procedure Ability to exercise Commitment to diet, exercise, and follow-up care Motivation Cooperation of family, friends, and associates Clinical studies show that, in general, patients: Lose weight for 18-24 months after the procedure Lose 30-50% of excess weight in the first six months and 77% of excess weight within 12 months of surgery Maintain a 50-60% loss of excess weight 10-14 years after surgery With higher initial BMIs lose more total weight With lower initial BMIs lose a greater percentage of excess weight and come closer to their ideal body weight With Type 2 diabetes lose less excess weight than patients without Type 2 diabetes Very few people reach their ideal body weight—this is not the goal of bariatric surgery Bariatric Surgery Health Benefits Bariatric surgery can offer you a new lease on life. Following surgery, many patients lose weight rapidly and continue to do so for 18 to 24 months after the procedure. Bariatric surgery is known to be one of the most effective and longest lasting treatments for obesityrelated conditions. Studies found that gastric bypass surgery reduced the total number of obesity-related conditions such as migraines by 57%; depression by 55%; sleep apnea by 74-98%; asthma by 82%; cardiovascular disease by 82%; hypertension by 52-92%, and GERD by 72-98%. In some cases, diabetes can be eliminated after bariatric surgery. Most individuals who have had bariatric surgery feel better, engage in recreational and physical activities, and have more self-confidence than they did prior to surgery. Our goal is to help our patients accomplish this.