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Suffering from obesity? When should you opt for Bariatric treatment surgery?

Suffering from obesity? When should you opt for Bariatric treatment surgery?


Weight gain is a common problem faced by people all around the world. Weight gain eventually leads to obesity. Obesity can be cured surgically with bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery is opted in cases where losing weight is not possible with diet and physical activities.

Before scheduling bariatric surgery you need to make sure whether it is required for you to undergo a surgical treatment for obesity. There are certain conditions that need to be consideration before the surgery. They are:

  1. When you were unsuccessful in losing weight through diet and exercise and no other physical activity helps in losing weight.
  2. Check your BMI (body mass index), as the BMI will be 35+ for obese people. And if your BMI is above 40+ or in between the range of 35 – 39.9 and have severe obesity related health problems.
  3. Discuss with your bariatric surgeon whether the surgery is a good option for your or not.
  4. Decide whether you are ready for the lifelong commitment and can follow the bariatric diet and bariatric exercise programs.

Bariatric surgery can be performed on different parts of the body. Bariatric surgery is classified into different categories like:

  • Gastric bypass

Gastric surgery is considered as gold standard of weight loss surgery. Gastric surgery has two stages. In the first stage a small stomach pouch of around 30ml in volume is created that divides the top portion of the stomach with the rest. Creating a small stomach pouch controls the calories intake as it prefers smaller meals due to its smaller size.

 In the next stage the first top portion of the intestine is divided and the bottom end of the intestine is brought up and connected to the newly created small pouch of the stomach created in the first stage. This connecting of two ends results in mixing of the stomach acid and digestive enzymes with the food.   

  • Sleeve gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy is also called laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. It is performed by removing 80% of the stomach. The remaining part of the stomach will resemble a tubular pouch like banana.

Sleeve gastrectomy restricts the amount of food intake and thus leads to hormonal changes in the body which results in suppressing hunger and reduce appetite.

  • Adjustable gastric band

Adjustable gastric band is a type of surgery in which an inflatable band is tied around the upper portion of the stomach. The gastric band is tied to create a small stomach pouch above the band. Due to the presence of gastric band, eating a small meal will satisfy your hunger and thus promotes the feeling of fullness.

  • Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch

In this procedure a small tubular stomach pouch is created by removing the other portion of the stomach. Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch is similar to sleeve gastrectomy. The large intestine is bypassed and it carries bile and pancreatic enzymes that are required for the breakdown and absorption of fats and proteins.

Bariatric surgery must be considered as the last option when you are unable to lose weight. The above mentioned surgery needs to be discussed with your surgeon to know which is suitable for you. Bariatric surgery is India is available in many multispecialty hospitals. The cost of bariatric surgery in India can be done at competitive rates. If you have any obesity related health problems you must

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