Improvement of Co-morbid Conditions

Improvement of co-morbid conditions

The improvement of co-morbid conditions in our patients is equally impressive. Table 1 shows the postoperative reduction in medications required for the treatments of the three most serious conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes.
 
Table 1: % Patients remaining on drug therapy
 
 
Condition

Preoperative

12 months postoperatively

Medications for high cholesterol 49.2% 18.8%
Oral medications or insulin for diabetes 70.9% 17.3%
Medications for high blood pressure 89.9% 50.8%
 
Table 2 shows the overall improvement of each of the most common co-morbid conditions of our patients
 
Table 2: % Improvement or resolution of co-morbid condition 12 months postoperatively
 
Condition

12 months postoperatively

High cholesterol 62.4%
Diabetes 95.3%
High blood pressure 88.1%
Gastro-esophageal reflux 100%
Sleep apnea 84.6%
Leg swelling 97%
Urinary incontinence 100%
Αrthritis 85%
Female infertility 88.9%
 
If you suffer from diabetes then diagrams 1 and 2 may interest you. In diagrams 1 and 2 show the improvement of Hba1c and fasting insulin of our patients in 1 year postoperatively while the need for drugs and insulin is reduced. This suggests that weight loss surgery not only reduces the need for diabetes’ medical therapy but at the same time improves the control of diabetes.

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If you suffer from high blood pressure then diagrams 3 and 4 may interest you. Tables 3 and 4 shows how mean systolic and diastolic blood pressure of Dr. Raftopoulos’ patients improve up to 3 years postoperatively, while Table 1 shows reduction of medications required for the treatment of high blood pressure. This suggests that weight loss surgery not only reduces the need of medical therapy for hypertension but at the same time improves the control of hypertension.
 
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If you suffer from high cholesterol then diagram 5 may interest you. Table 5 shows the improvement of mean total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and HDL (“good” cholesterol) in our patients up to 2 years postoperatively, while Table 1 shows reduction of medications required for the treatment of high cholesterol. This suggests that weight loss surgery not only reduces the need of medical therapy for high cholesterol but at the same time improves the control of high cholesterol.
 
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