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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. It involves  changes made to different parts of the gastrointestinal (digestive) tract to bring about weight loss.

    There are 4 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 will then feel full faster, eat less, and thus 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 and greatly improve obesity-associated disorders. Your doctor will 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 linked with co-occuring conditions that lower life expectancy (lifespan). Bariatric surgery is usually medically recommended for patients with a BMI more than 37.5 and who don’t suffer from any other co-occuring conditions. It is also advised for patients with a 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 blockage of the upper airways).

  • At Mount Elizabeth Hospitals, we are committed to giving you comprehensive care. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists, nurses and therapists are here to guide you through the entire treatment and recovery process. Enquire to find out about the range of services we offer.  

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