How Do We Measure Success Rate?

Updated on July 23, 2018 in Statistics, Research, News
9 on July 10, 2018

Many people who have undergone gastric sleeve surgery say that their health is much better than before. How do we measure that our health is much better than before? I have a friend who seemed to be healthy, but was diagnosed with a colon cancer without any indication that he was sick before the diagnosis.

 
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0 on July 10, 2018

My blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar levels have all improved. Simple testing is one way to determine whether your health is improving.  I’m sorry to hear about your friend.  I hope he beats it!

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0 on July 10, 2018

Each person can gauge himself or herself. To me, pain is a big indication whether I’m fine or not. We can hide pain to other people, but we cannot deny it to ourselves. We should immediately consult a doctor or have a checkup when we feel pain, especially in our bodies because we cannot see those parts of our body.

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0 on July 11, 2018

Thanks for your input. I believe both of you are correct. We can monitor our health through data and numbers, whether we are doing better or not. The personal feeling also has an impact as we are the ones who can really tell what we are going through.

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0 on July 11, 2018

Now this I wanted to know as well. The answers given are good, but I like to know tangible measurements on how to know if my operation is successful. We know that success rate can also depend on the person’s ability to control oneself on the amount of food eaten after the surgery.

I made a topic regarding weight so maybe we can consider that as a measurement of success after the surgery.

 

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0 on July 12, 2018

I think my weight and BMI are both good measures of my health and I’m determined to make those numbers better.  It will feel amazing just to walk around the block without running out of breath.  I’ll look for your thread too, Marky. 

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1 on July 13, 2018

Since my surgery, I’ve been able to lower my bad cholesterol and raise my good cholesterol.  I am slowly working on getting my blood pressure down, too.  

I am so sorry about your friend, James.  I really hope he beats the cancer!  

Regular visits to our doctors at least once a year for a physical are really important to preventing problems or catching them as early as possible. 

on July 13, 2018

My friend who had colon cancer already passed away last year. His health deteriorated so fast after his diagnosis. I think stress became a catalyst for his untimely demise.

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1 on July 17, 2018

The easy parameter is the numbers because it is an objective goal. Weight loss and BMI are calculated the same way everywhere around the world, while the pain and personal satisfaction are hard to quantify. We may be able to deal with the latter points if we see good numbers, though.

on July 23, 2018

You have a good point there Anna. The numbers don’t lie no matter how we interpret them. It is indeed hard to measure happiness or contentment regarding health, but as long as we remain fit, then I think that will be good already.

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