What comorbidities are resolved by bariatric surgery?

Updated: Jun 09, 2021
  • Author: Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Comorbidities that have been reported to be improved, ameliorated, or resolved through bariatric surgery include the following:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea

  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

  • Hypertension

  • Heart failure

  • Peripheral edema

  • Respiratory insufficiency

  • Asthma

  • Dyslipidemia

  • Esophagitis

  • Pseudotumor cerebri

  • Operative risk

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Thromboembolism

  • Urinary incontinence

Other reports suggest improved quality of life and fertility after bariatric surgery. Although other outcomes are difficult to demonstrate and are awaiting clear documentation, these procedures may substantially reduce macrovascular complications (eg, myocardial infarction), stroke, amputations, obesity-related malignancies, and a predisposition to infection, hernias, and varicose veins. [181]


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