Obesity, or being extremely overweight, increases the risk of health concerns including heart disease and stroke, hypertension, diabetes, gall-bladder disease, osteoarthritis, gout, breathing problems such as sleep apnea and asthma, and even cancer. So, it is no surprise that doctors advise patients to lose weight. However, losing copious amounts of weight is never easy, and sometimes diets, exercise, medications, and lifestyle changes fail to bear fruit.
This is where bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery comes into the picture. These weight-loss surgeries work in one of two ways: they either reduce the size of the stomach (restrictive), or reduce the amount of calories absorbed (malabsorptive).
Most common of them, the gastric bypass surgery is done to help lose excess weight and reduce the risk of potentially life-threatening weight-related health problems, including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Type 2 diabetes and stroke.
At Aster CMI, patients can avail all types of bariatric surgery procedures and later body contouring if needed.
Stomach stapling decreases the size of the stomach so a person feels full quickly. Whereas a normal stomach holds four to six cups of food, stomach stapling reduces this capacity to one cup. The gastric sleeve surgery reduces the size of the stomach by about 80 percent. The gastric balloon procedure (endoscopic intragastric balloon) leaves an inflated silicon balloon in the stomach for six months, making less room for food. As a result, patients lose up to 30 percent of their excess weight in these six months. Malabsorptive procedures like gastric bypass involve creating a diversion that allows food to bypass parts of the small intestine, leading to fewer calories being absorbed. So even if patients eats he can still lose weight.
All of these bariatric surgeries can be performed through minimally invasive laparoscopic or Robotic surgery. As one of Bangalore’s finest multi-speciality hospitals, Aster CMI has a team of dedicated doctors who work across the specialities, bringing years of expertise in their field, as well as in patient care. These professionals put their patients’ wellbeing first; these patients are required to undergo extensive screening to determine whether they meet certain medical criteria to undergo bariatric surgery.
The consultants who complement the core team are also well-equipped to guide post-operative patients through the changes affecting their bodies, medical- and lifestyle-related — such as modifications required in their diets to ensure their metabolic surgery remains a lifelong success.
Your surgeon will perform bariatric surgery if your weight loss efforts through lifestyle changes and medications have been unsuccessful. And keep in mind, the bariatric surgery is the first step, not the last, to changing your life and keeping better health throughout.
Bariatric surgery, or weight-loss surgery, helps the patients with extreme obesity issues to lose weight. The surgery is an option, as any bariatric surgeon will thoroughly advocate, only if the patient is not able to lose weight through diet and exercise, or has serious health problems caused by obesity and needs immediate measures to curb the weight issues.
The gastric bypass surgery, also known as Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, is considered the ‘gold standard’ of weight loss surgery as it works by several mechanisms. Similar to most bariatric procedures, there is a smaller stomach pouch created. It is created by dividing the top of the stomach from the rest of the stomach. In gastric bypass, a portion of the small intestine is also divided, and the bottom end of the divided small intestine is brought up and connected to the newly created small stomach pouch.