Researchers found bariatric surgery was associated with an 88% lower risk of progression of fatty liver to cirrhosis, liver cancer, or liver-related death and a 70% lower risk of developing serious cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack and stroke. The study included 1,158 adult patients with biopsy-proven nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) who had their liver biopsy between 2004 and 2016 at Cleveland Clinic and were followed through March 2021.
Metabolic/bariatric surgery has been shown to be the most effective and long-lasting treatment for severe obesity, resulting in significant weight loss and resolution or improvements in diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, and many other obesity-related diseases. The safety profile of laparoscopic bariatric surgery is comparable to some of the safest and most commonly performed surgeries in the U.S., including gallbladder surgery, appendectomy, and knee replacement.
Obesity is a leading cause of fatty liver condition. Patients who had weight-loss surgery showed fewer signs of the disease progressing.
One in four American adults has fatty liver disease caused by obesity, not drinking, and there is no medical treatment for it. Doctors say the only way to keep it in check is to lose weight and eat a healthier diet. “When a patient loses weight, fat goes away from everywhere, including the liver; inflammation subsides, and some of the scar tissue can reverse and get better,” Dr. Aminian continued. “Weight loss is the main factor here.”
The goal of bariatric surgery is not only to achieve satisfactory weight loss but also to obtain improvements in obesity-related symptoms, including cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, hyperlipidemia, and hypertension. Overall inflammation will subside creating a happier and healthier body environment. The positive outcomes are endless, the most important is the quality of life you regain.
Would you qualify for bariatric surgery?
Potential candidates for surgical weight loss surgery should meet some of the following requirements:
✔ You have been unsuccessful in documented attempts to lose weight through diet and exercise.
✔ You are highly motivated and committed to making changes in food choices, eating habits, physical activity, and lifestyle in order to ensure successful weight loss after obesity surgery.
✔ You are morbidly obese, or have a BMI of 40 or higher, or have a BMI of 35-39.9 with one or more medical conditions related to obesity, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease, joint pain, and acid reflux disease. If your BMI is 30+, you may be eligible for a self-pay Lap-Band or Gastric Sleeve.
✔ You are free from drug or alcohol addiction.
At United Bariatric Center of Kansas City, we take our surgical weight loss results seriously. We are determined to give you the results and attention you deserve. It’s a life-changing decision and we want you to feel 100% comfortable and informed. Contact us if you think we can help you.
We have 3 locations in the Kansas City area:
➡ Independence – Near Centerpoint Hospital: 19101 B Valley View Parkway, Independence, MO 64055 – Directly across the street from Costco
➡ Lee’s Summit – Lee’s Summit Medical Center: 2100 SE Blue Pkwy, Suite 120, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
➡ Kansas City – St. Joseph Medical Center: 1000 Carondelet Drive, Suite 203B, Kansas City, MO 64114
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