A 40-year old study of nearly 22,000 people who had bariatric surgery found that long-term weight-loss surgery can extend a persons’ life.

The study published in the journal Obesity compared information from patients who had bariatric surgery and those that didn’t. Researchers found there was a drop in deaths from obesity-related diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancers in patients who had one of four types of weight loss surgeries.

The four procedures included:

  • Gastric Bypass
  • Gastric Banding
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Duodenal Switch

Bariatric Surgery Works

Researchers from the University of Utah Health and Intermountain Health looked at medical history from patients between the ages of 35 and 80 years old. They discovered a 29% decrease in deaths from heart disease, 43% reduction in deaths from various cancers, and a 72% decline in deaths related to diabetes.

Both men and women were found to benefit from bariatric surgery. The rate of mortality was reduced by 24% for women and 22% for men.

“Weight loss surgery saves lives. It’s that simple.” according to Dr. Joshua Roller, Minimally Invasive Bariatric and General Surgeon Director.

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Fight Obesity With Weight Loss Surgery

Despite the benefits found in this study, only 1% of those eligible get bariatric surgery. Eligibility for weight loss surgery, means you must meet multiple criteria:

  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40
  • BMI of 35-39 with at least one obesity-related medical condition

Some of the reasons people do not get surgery, even if they meet these requirements, include fear of surgery and the stigma often associated with obesity.

Bariatric surgery is a safe, effective and long-lasting treatment to help people suffering with obesity lose weight. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) weight loss surgery is as safe or safer than commonly performed surgeries such as knee replacement, appendectomy or gallbladder surgery.

Many people dealing with obesity won’t consider bariatric surgery because of the stigma attached to it. Some say that it’s the easy way out and obese people should just change the way they eat and exercise. It’s not that simple. Genetics and health conditions can make it difficult for people to maintain a healthy weight.

Weight loss is just one of the benefits of bariatric surgery. Patients also benefits from:

  • Joint pain relief
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced high blood pressure
  • Improved cholesterol numbers
  • Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Less sweating

The Roller Weight Loss Difference

Roller Weight Loss and Advanced Surgery is proud to be the most advanced and experienced bariatric surgical group in the region. Roller Weight Loss and Advanced Surgery specializes in the Modified Duodenal Switch (ModDS), a less invasive version of the traditional duodenal switch (DS). It’s considered the most effective surgery against diabetes.

We have performed individualized weight loss surgeries for patients from 47 out of 50 states, with patients traveling from all over the United States to change their lives for the better.


We look forward to helping you on your weight loss journey!

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