By Marina S. Kurian, MD, Barbara Thompson, Brian K. Davidson, Al Roker

Part of Weight Loss Surgery For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Weight loss surgery is not for everyone, but it does offer many benefits. Losing a significant amount of weight — and keeping it off — can impact numerous medical and physical aspects of your life. Here’s a quick rundown on some of the things that improve after weight loss surgery:

  • All patients see a significant decrease in joint pain. Every pound you lose is like taking 3 pounds off your knees!

  • Up to 90 percent of patients see a remission of or improvement in their type 2 diabetes.

  • Up to 80 percent of patients see a remission of or improvement in their high blood pressure.

  • Up to 70 percent of patients see a remission of or improvement in their sleep apnea.

  • Some patients see a lessening of their gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms.

  • Some patients see an improvement in their fertility.

  • On average, patients experience greater weight loss than with diet, exercise, and medication.