Benefits of Gastric Sleeve for Older Patients By Allan Joseph Cribbins on September 21, 2021

Senior women in athletic wear walking outside smiling at the cameraObesity is a growing cause for concern across the globe, leading to a host of other health issues, particularly for older people who don’t realize their extra pounds may literally be stealing years from their life. But you’re never too old to reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Gastric sleeve surgery is a safe, effective treatment to aid in weight loss and diet control. 

Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery in Plano, TX, wants you to know that gastric sleeve surgery could improve your quality of life, energy, self-esteem, physical mobility, and restore a healthy relationship with food. Gastric sleeve surgery is especially beneficial for our older patients and can assist with other potentially life-threatening ailments. 

Benefits at a Glance

In addition to treating obesity, gastric sleeve with our Plano office can:

  • Reduce the risk of a heart attack. Obesity causes the heart to work harder to carry essential nutrients to your internal organs.
  • Enhance control of type 2 diabetes. Some patients report blood sugar levels permanently return to normal after gastric sleeve surgery. 
  • Eliminate obesity that aggravates other health issues. Excess weight contributes to secondary health issues and can make existing problems worse. 
  • Promote a more mobile lifestyle. Exercise and general mobility should become easier, leading you to become more active and healthy.

We want you to have the information you need to make the most informed decision. If you’re not sure about gastric sleeve surgery yet, take a closer look at the health benefits. 

Heart Health & Excess Weight

Heart attack is the leading cause of death globally, and the risk is exacerbated by weight gain and aging. You need more blood to carry oxygen and nutrients to your organs when you have more body fat. This causes your blood pressure to rise and your body to work harder, which contributes to more and more health complications, including heart attack. 

Diabetes Management

Gastric sleeve surgery simultaneously removes part of the stomach and lowers your ghrelin levels. Ghrelin is the hormone that causes you to feel hungry. As a result, there’s physically less space for food and fewer urges to eat. This will allow you to more easily control your diet. A study from the Society for Endocrinology found that gastric sleeve patients over the age of 65 were able to decrease insulin dosages or stop using insulin altogether post-surgery. 

Other Health Issues

Obesity is linked to other clinical disorders, including arthritis, sleep apnea, liver disease, and even mood disorders. Being overweight often causes problems that wouldn’t exist if weight were within healthy range. For instance, patients with sleep apnea often have excess weight compressing the tissues of their throat. In most cases, without this excess weight, there would be no interruption in breathing and the patient would be sleeping soundly. 

Energy & Mobility

When it’s not as hard to move, you may find you’ll want to be more active. This simple truth means that you can look forward to exercising, bending, walking, stretching, and living your life with ease instead of with effort. And, of course, the more active you are, the healthier you are likely to be, the better quality of life you would have, and the longer you may live. 

Ready to Change Your Life? Schedule an Appointment Today.

One operation can change your life. All you have to do is make the choice that the time is now. Give our office in Plano a call at (214) 501-1333 or send us a message, and one of our team members will be in touch to schedule your consultation. Congratulations on taking the first steps toward a healthier you!

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Dr. Cribbins and Dr. McCalman

Texas Center for
Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery

Our highly skilled and experienced board-certified surgeons specialize in ultra-minimally invasive general and bariatric surgery and they are affiliated with a number of national associations, including:

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)

To schedule a consultation, contact us online, or call (214) 501-1333 today.

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