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Published on March 16, 2017

Q&A: The many benefits of bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery can help people lose a lot of weight. But these surgeries—there are several different kinds—offer benefits beyond weight loss.

Dr. CheeyandiraAbhiman B. Cheeyandira, MD, a bariatric surgeon at Nazareth Hospital, explains how bariatric surgery can help improve health.

How does bariatric surgery affect type 2 diabetes?

Bariatric surgery is especially helpful for obese people with type 2 diabetes. Their diabetes is often well-controlled just a few days after bariatric surgery—even before they start losing much weight. Type 2 diabetes actually goes away in more than 60 percent of patients after bariatric surgery.

What about metabolic syndrome?

This syndrome—which is a cluster of conditions that include high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels and sleep apnea—is helped by bariatric surgery too. That’s why it’s also called metabolic surgery. Those conditions often get better after surgery.

Any other health benefits?

Bariatric surgery can help improve heartburn, asthma, heart disease, migraines, gout, arthritis, depression and a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome. There’s some evidence that it also might prevent certain types of cancer.

Why choose Nazareth Hospital for bariatric surgery?

We’re part of Mercy Bariatrics, which has had excellent outcomes for more than 14 years. We have a very talented team of surgeons, nutritionists, nurses and other staff.

Find out more

Is bariatric surgery right for you? Learn more about the surgery at mercybariatrics.org. Click on “Getting Started” to see if you might be a candidate.


Getting to know you

Name: Abhiman B. Cheeyandira, MD
Specialty: Bariatric surgery and general surgery (board certified)
Medical school: Bangalore Medical College (India)
Internship and residency: Abington Memorial Hospital
Hahnemann University Hospital
Fellowship: Advanced Laparoscopic GI Surgery Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic, Florida
Languages: English, Hindi and Kannada

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