Can Gastric Sleeve Help with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?

October 15, 2015 — by Fernando Garcia
Tags: Gastric Sleeve Pcos

A woman on her couchWhen patients visit Dr. Fernando Garcia at his Tijuana weight loss surgery practice, they know they they are getting premium care that is more affordable but still safe and state-of-the-art. He offers a whole host of bariatric procedures, including gastric sleeve surgery, all of which are aimed at helping patients lose weight and become healthier.

While bariatric surgery is ideal for treating obesity and morbid obesity, it is also highly effective at addressing other health problems. With that in mind, let's consider how gastric sleeve might help patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

What is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that women of reproductive age experience when their hormones are out of balance. Many women who have PCOS have small cysts on their ovaries that cause these hormonal imbalances to occur. It's estimated that 10% of women experience PCOS.

PCOS can affect fertility, though it can also affect general wellness and appearance as well. If left untreated, PCOS can result in heart disease and diabetes. Obesity and morbid obesity are both potential risk factors for PCOS.

Signs and Symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Common signs and symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) include:

  • Infrequent or irregular periods
  • High levels of the male hormone androgen
  • Enlarged ovaries

The hormonal imbalances related to PCOS often result in changes to physical appearance, including:

  • Serious acne
  • Hair thinning on the scalp
  • Excess body hair
  • Excess facial hair

How Gastric Sleeve Can Help Address Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Gastric sleeve and other kinds of weight loss surgery procedures can help address issues with weight that may have caused or be related to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). In fact, by reducing weight and achieving a more ideal body mass, patients with PCOS may experience fewer symptoms related to PCOS. This includes significant drops in weight that in turn reduce blood pressure and reduces risk of heart disease.

Ultimately, gastric sleeve and your many other options for surgical weight loss help promote total wellness, which in turn addresses symptoms that may be associated with various systemic conditions and health problems.

Will my polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) affect gastric sleeve results?

A patient's polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) will likely not have an affect on her surgical recovery. During the consultation process, all risks can be assessed for a patient, including any heightened possibility of complications or serious side effects as a result of various wellness issues. Learning about the benefits as well as the risks will help you understand why the procedure may or may not be right for you.

Weight Loss Surgery Helps Promote Total Wellness

If you experience any sort of systemic condition that may be caused by obesity or related to obesity, gastric sleeve surgery may be just the answer you've been looking for. Patients who undergo bariatric procedures routinely report excellent results and better overall health in the years after surgery has been performed.

Learn More About Weight Loss Surgery

For more information about gastric sleeve surgery and how it can help you lose weight and achieve better health overall, be sure to contact our weight loss surgery center today. Dr. Fernando Garcia and the entire team at the practice look forward to your visit and discussing these matters with you in greater detail.