Weight-Loss Surgery Can be First Step Toward a Longer, Happier Future

Jonathan Reich, M.D.
Bariatric Surgery
Southern Ocean Medical Center

Weight-loss surgery shrinks your stomach and your waistline, but it could extend something else — your life. At least that seems to be the case in middle age, new research finds.

Researchers tracked about 8,000 people. All of them had gastric bypass surgery between 1984 and 2002. Those who had surgery at age 35 or older had about a 50 percent lower risk of dying during the study period.

“Bariatric surgery can reduce deaths from cancer and heart disease in people at high risk, including older adults,” says Jonathan Reich, M.D., of Southern Ocean Medical Center. “If you’re heavy, talk with your doctor about your options.”

A Lifetime of Health, Vitality and Confidence

With proper education, discipline and support, weight loss surgery patients can expect a smooth transition to a lifetime of health, vitality and confidence, Dr. Reich says.

After surgery, weight loss starts almost immediately, says Dr. Reich, at a rate of about 1-3 pounds per week, and a 40-60 percent reduction of excess body weight each year.  Throughout this period, Dr. Reich adds, patients are provided continued access to an expert staff, education materials and support groups.

"Adjusting to a new diet after surgery can be a concern for patients," Reich says. "But after the procedure, as they begin to see dramatic results, patients become increasingly motivated and committed to maintaining their new, healthier lifestyle."

He adds that patients can look forward to improvements in all areas of their life, including an increase in vitality, self esteem and sex drive, provided they stay disciplined and on track with post-surgery protocol.

"There's a 95% success rate for bariatric surgery patients, provided they remain committed to post-surgery guidelines, which include adhering to nutrition plans and attending support groups,"

Weight-Loss Surgery at Southern Ocean Medical Center

The Bariatric Center of Excellence at Southern Ocean Medical Center hosts regular programs on the benefits of weight-loss surgery. Learn more here!