Improvements in health, quality of life, and, of course, significant weight loss are important bariatric surgery benefits. In addition to providing greater detail about these benefits, the information below will help you understand how the REALIZE Solution for gastric bypass can help you achieve and maintain a healthier weight.

Significant weight loss after bariatric surgery

  • As a result of gastric bypass, patients typically lose 61.6% of excess weight in the first year following surgery.9
  • At least two-thirds of patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery are able to keep off at least 50% of their excess weight for 10 years or longer.19

Improvement or resolution of many serious health problems

In a clinical study, gastric bypass surgery reduced the total number of serious health problems (known as comorbid conditions or comorbidities) of participating patients by 96%.17

Table 1: Health Improvements After Gastric Bypass Surgery
Health Problem (Comorbidity) Result After Gastric Bypass Surgery
Type 2 Diabetes Resolved in 83.7% of patients.9 In fact, in some gastric bypass cases, resolution of type 2 diabetes occurred within days of the surgery.9
High Blood Pressure Resolved in 67.5% of patients9
High Cholesterol Improved in 94.9% of patients9
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Resolved in 80.4% of patients9
Acid Reflux/GERD Resolved in 98% of patients17
Depression Improved in 47% of patients18
Osteoarthritis and Joint Pain Resolved in 41% of patients18
Stress Urinary Incontinence Resolved in 44% of patients18
Menstrual Dysfunction Due to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Resolved in 100% of patients20
Ovulation and Fertility Restored Restored in 100% of patients20

In medical terminology, "resolved" is defined as removing all known symptoms and signs of the condition or disease.
In medical terminology, "improved" is defined as reducing the known symptoms and signs of the condition or disease.


Shorter hospital stays, faster recovery

Most surgeons prefer the laparoscopic approach to bypass surgery. Laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery results in a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, smaller scars, and less pain than open surgical procedures.

Weight loss surgery cost savings over time

A recent study showed that bariatric surgery pays for itself in about 2 years.11 One important reason is that weight loss surgery may help to improve or resolve conditions associated with obesity, such as type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol,9 so patients save money on related prescription drugs, doctor visits, and hospital visits11. In addition, monthly savings associated with laparoscopic bariatric surgery reaches more than $900 as early as 13 months following surgery.11

Quality-of-life improvements

Clinical studies of laparoscopic bariatric surgery patients found that they felt better, spent more time doing recreational and physical activities, benefited from enhanced productivity and economic opportunities, and had more self-confidence than they did prior to surgery.9

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The REALIZE Solution is more than a gastric bypass

The REALIZE Solution for gastric bypass includes the REALIZE mySUCCESS® Program, a Web-based clinical support tool designed to help you achieve and maintain a healthier weight. In fact, it has been shown that REALIZE® Band patients who frequently use
REALIZE mySUCCESS® lose significantly more weight.*

REALIZE mySUCCESS® was developed in conjunction with bariatric surgeons, dietitians, and behavior modification specialists to guide you through two essential stages for success following surgery. Stage 1 helps you build healthy habits over the first 18 months. Stage 2 keeps you motivated, on track, and connected with your bariatric practice over the next 18 months and beyond.

You'll learn and practice strategies that will help cement your healthy habits—and help you achieve your healthier weight.
REALIZE mySUCCESS® keeps you connected with your bariatric team and allows your doctor to step in precisely when needed to keep you on track.

REALIZE mySUCCESS® is exclusive to the REALIZE Solution for gastric banding, gastric bypass, and sleeve gastrectomy.

Learn more about the power of REALIZE mySUCCESS®.

Sign up for presurgery access to REALIZE mySUCCESS®

Anyone considering bariatric surgery is invited to start using REALIZE mySUCCESS®. Before surgery, you can access specially designed features and tools to begin changing your habits and improving your health.

When it's time to choose a procedure, only the REALIZE Solution for gastric banding, gastric bypass, and sleeve gastrectomy gives you access to the full set of REALIZE mySUCCESS® features after surgery.

Enroll now for REALIZE mySUCCESS®.