Published on June 14, 2016

Weight-loss surgery: It has benefits beyond trimming down

You’ve seen before and after pictures of weight-loss surgery patients.

And you were amazed by their transformation.

Exercise on treadmillBut this might also surprise you: There’s more to this surgery (also called bariatric surgery) than weight loss. It can also dramatically boost health. It can improve:

  • Heart disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes

It improves diabetes so much, in fact, that many people who have the surgery can stop taking their diabetes medicine. Blood sugar can return to a normal level even before a big weight loss.

“We’re talking about immediate improvement,” says Piotr Krecioch, MD, Bariatric Surgeon at Mercy Philadelphia. “It can be a life-changing surgery.”

Could it help you?

You may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if:

  • You’re severely overweight, particularly if you also have a weight-related health problem like diabetes.
  • You’ve tried hard to get to a healthy weight without success. We encourage you to meet with a member of our highly experienced weight-loss team to see if bariatric surgery is right for you. If you do decide to have the surgery, we offer a wide range of services that will help make it a success, including lifestyle counseling before and after surgery.