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Benefits Of Bariatric Surgery Includes Improved Sexual Function

It has been recognized that addressing obesity through bariatric surgery may benefit people in terms of improvement in one’s medical condition, medical experts say, citing results of various clinical trials. This type of weight reduction does not only help in managing diabetes, heart problems, and other illnesses, but may also improve a woman’s sexual function, according to a study which was published online recently in JAMA Surgery and presented during the Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting.


With the objective of determining changes in sexual function, sex hormone levels, and relevant psychosocial variables in women, a study was undertaken by Dr. David B. Sarwer and a team of researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. According to Dr. Sarwer, this study is significant since sexual health is a key component of quality of life but is often overlooked in weight reduction studies.


A total of 106 women who underwent bariatric surgery from 2006 to 2009 in two of the Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery centers were the participants of this study. The type of surgery undergone by 85 of the participants was the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass while the 21 other women had the laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. Average age of these women was 41 years, a median weight of 123.6 kilograms, and an average body mass index of 44.5 kg/m2 at baseline.


The Female Sexual Function Index (FAFI) questionnaire was used by the researchers in determining the overall sexual satisfaction particularly on the areas of desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and pain. The subjects also had their blood drawn to determine levels of reproductive hormones and asked to answer questionnaires dealing on health and weight related quality of life, body image, and satisfaction levels in a number of variables.


After one year from the bariatric surgery, researchers found out that there was a significant improvement in overall sexual function particularly in the areas of desire and satisfaction. Overall sexual function continued to improve significantly by the second year with huge increases in the areas of arousal and lubrication. Dramatic improvements were also observed in overall quality of life, body image, depressive symptoms, and relationships with their partners, in addition to sexually-related outcomes.


With benefits enjoyed in many important aspects of life such as sexual function and in addressing medical conditions, weight loss through bariatric surgery has truly become very encouraging to countless women. In a study released recently, it was shown that the use surgical procedures such as vaginal mesh surgeries in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), two common conditions affecting women, may not be required anymore with the reduction of weight through bariatric surgeries.


In view of the controversy surrounding the use of vaginal mesh devices, women may now have an alternative in managing these pelvic floor disorders. The possibility of thousands of women experiencing severe complications as a result of using these mesh implants may now be minimized or even eliminated. Legal steps such as filing of vaginal mesh lawsuits against mesh manufacturers have been taken by patients as a result of the serious injuries they experienced. Litigation of these cases has been observed to have progressed satisfactorily except for an instance where a vaginal mesh complainant was ordered to pay legal costs after requesting a dismissal of her claim.





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