What are the Biggest Life Changes You See in Patients?
Bariatric surgery is genuinely a life-changing experience. Patients who commit to their procedure and make the permanent lifestyle changes required can experience immeasurable improvements in their quality of life. Dr. Metz has had the pleasure of witnessing many patients get their lives back after surgery and develop a more positive outlook.
Improved Quality of Life
Improved quality of life is one of the most rewarding results of bariatric surgery. As a bariatric surgery patient loses weight, improvements can be seen in all aspects of his or her life.
Physically, major weight loss reduces joint pain, improves comfort, and enhances mobility and maneuverability. It is also associated with a wide variety of additional health benefits that may include lower blood pressure, reduced risk of heart problems, better cardiovascular health, remission of type 2 diabetes, and improvement (or even elimination) of sleep apnea.
Socially, weight loss after bariatric surgery can affect how your peers perceive you. Compliments and praise may begin to flow in from unexpected sources. New social opportunities may develop, and you may find yourself experiencing activities and interactions that previously seemed or were inaccessible.
Emotionally and psychologically, patients often develop an entirely new outlook on life. Increased energy levels and self-confidence create a new perspective of freedom and empowerment. These changes may make it possible for you to experience greater success in your current occupation or in your ability to get a job.
It’s All in the Little Things
Some of the biggest life changes are seen in the little things. Before surgery, some patients are unable to walk down the driveway to get their mail because they have so much pain in their joints from the excess weight. After major weight loss, these same patients can pick up the mail at the end of their driveway without a second thought. Before surgery, some patients can’t chase after their child if the child runs into the street. Afterward, these parents are more physically able to safeguard their children and take control of life situations.
Weight loss after bariatric surgery opens doors and opportunities that will change your life. Instead of always having to wait to watch new films at home, you will be able to enjoy the movies in the theater. Instead of limiting your travel, you will be able to sit comfortably on an airplane. Going to an amusement park with your children can be enjoyable instead of excruciating, as you’ll be able to enjoy the rides and walk without excess pressure on your joints. Family reunions can be a more positive experience instead of an embarrassment to avoid. Clothes shopping presents more exciting style options and fewer limitations based on size.
Bariatric surgery provides a way for individuals to take control of their lives and achieve real, lasting weight management. Our team would be more than happy to help you begin your journey toward greater health and a better life with bariatric surgery.