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When you undergo bariatric surgery, you are not just losing weight, you are gaining so much more. If you are struggling with obesity, bariatric surgery can help you control your condition and help you live a better life.

The benefits of bariatric surgery extend beyond weight loss; you could also see improvements in your health. There are many positive changes that may follow.

An obese person is at risk for developing a wide variety of preventable health problems. Among them are:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure

You can develop these conditions as a result of excess weight over time. Weight loss surgery helps people overcome their health challenges in order to lead a more active life.

How is Obesity Related to Certain Conditions?

In addition to sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and diabetes, obesity is associated with other potentially serious conditions such as:

  • Stroke
  • Arthritis
  • High cholesterol

The conditions can be treated by taking medication or using CPAP devices every night once you develop them.

However, did you know that you can prevent these illnesses by losing even 5-10% of your weight?

What are Some Ways to Manage Co-existing Health Conditions with Bariatric Surgery?

In bariatric surgery, the ultimate goal is to help you improve your health and even manage your co-morbidities. Bariatric surgeons want you to see:

  • Reduce your reliance on medications
  • Possess greater freedom of movement
  • Use a CPAP machine no more

Weight-loss surgery may provide these benefits in most cases.

How Can Bariatric Surgery Improve Obesity-Related Conditions?

High Blood Pressure

Obesity makes your heart work harder to pump blood throughout your body. As a result, your blood pressure rises, which puts extra strain on your arteries.

You can potentially reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke when you lose weight because less pressure is placed on your cardiovascular system.

Type 2 Diabetes

It is easier to control blood sugar levels when you lose weight, as your body runs more efficiently. Your diabetes medication may be reduced by half after bariatric surgery or you may not need to take it at all. The exception is insulin-dependent individuals.


As a result of being overweight, your weight-bearing joints experience pain, stiffness, and swelling, and you are less mobile. Just a little weight loss can ease painful symptoms by reducing the demand on your joints.

Sleep Apnea

While you sleep, you cease and restart breathing repeatedly which is called  sleep apnea. While they sleep, some people need CPAP machines to open their airways.

Your face and neck are usually the first places you notice when you lose weight. Airflow is improved this way. If your surgery is a success, you may no longer need to use your CPAP machine afterward.

Other Conditions

Not all of these conditions will get better after bariatric surgery. There has been an improvement in:

  • Heartburn
  • Hormone balance
  • Depression
  • Incontinence

Even cancer and early death risks are reduced.


After the procedure, patients are also advised to take vitamins and supplements by a nutritionist. Depending on what your dietitian recommends, meal plans and a specialized diet may have to be followed following your surgery.

You can learn more about the benefits of bariatric surgery, including weight loss and a healthy lifestyle, by speaking with one of the most well-known bariatric surgeons, Dr. Ravi Rao, at Perth Surgical & Bariatrics.

Call us at 08 65581901 and Book your appointment