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Bariatric Surgery

  • What is Bariatric Surgery?

    Bariatric Surgery is a surgical intervention for obesity. This type of surgery has been proven to be more effective than lifestyle, dietary and medical interventions in the management of obesity. Bariatric Surgery involves the modification of different parts of the gastrointestinal tract in order to induce weight loss.

    There are four types of minimally invasive Bariatric Surgery:

    • Gastric balloon involves placing a balloon filled with a saline solution in your stomach using an endoscope. This balloon induces a sensation of fullness so that you eat less.
    • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB) is used to manage morbid obesity. This surgery involves reducing the size of your stomach by placing a silicone band around the upper end of the stomach. You then feel full faster, eat less, and eventually lose weight.
    • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG) is used to permanently reduce the size of your stomach to about 25% its original size, which then becomes like a sleeve or a tube.
    • Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (LRYGB) is the most complex bariatric surgery. It is used to reduce the size of your stomach to a small pouch by clipping off a section of it. This small pouch is then directly attached to the small intestine, bypassing the rest of the stomach and the upper end of the small intestine. This surgery not only reduces food intake but also limits the absorption of calories and fats by the body.
  • Bariatric Surgery can successfully manage your weight as well as significantly improve obesity-associated disorders. Your doctor needs to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for bariatric surgery. Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30, and it is usually associated with co-morbid conditions that decrease life expectancy. Bariatric Surgery is usually medically recommended for patients with BMI greater than 37.5 and who don’t suffer from any other co-morbidities. It is also recommended for patients with BMI over 32.5 and who suffer from associated disorders such as Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Hyperlipidaemia (high levels of lipids in the blood) and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (caused by obstruction of the upper airways).

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