FAQs for Bariatric Surgery
1. Are you OBESE?
The word obesity may have negative connotations, but it is simply the medical term for someone whose excess weight poses a health risk. The most useful measurement is weight in relationship to height known as the Body Mass Index (BMI). The calculated BMI allows us to classify whether someone is normal, overweight or obese.
BMI=Weight (kgs)/ (Height in mts)
BMI Helps in calculation of :
- How much a person is overweight
- The risk of medical problems is related to excess weight, so the BMI allows us to estimate this risk
- The ideal weight for someone based upon their height.
2. Is Bariatric Surgery right for me?
This surgery is not a cosmetic procedure. Anyone thinking about it should understand that the surgery will cause a reduction in the number of calories you may consume and help obese patients.
The following will help you decide whether you are ready:
- Do you meet the weight and health guidelines established to determine eligibility?
- Are you determined to lose weight and improve your health?
- Have you been unsuccessful at long-term weight loss using non-surgical methods?
3. How does Bariatric Surgery work?
The best suited bariatric surgeries taking are –
- Laproscopic Verticle Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Laprocsopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Surgery
- Mini Gastric Bypass.
4. What is Laparoscopic Verticle sleeve Gastrectomy?
In this procedure the majority of the stomach is removed leaving a long tubular structure. This surgery can be done laparoscopicaly ensuring scar less speedy recovery. The risk of nutritional deficiency is lower compared to operations that bypass part of the gastrointestinal tract.
5. What is Laparoscopic Roux- en-Y Gastric Bypass?
This procedure involves the creation of a small gastric pouch. There is very little interference with normal absorption of food. The operation works by reducing food intake & reducing the feeling of hunger. The result is a very early sense of fullness, followed by a profound sense of satisfaction. It is the preferred surgery for patients with metabolic disorders like uncontrolled diabetes.
6. What is Mini Gastric Surgery?
In the first part of mini gastric bypass surgery the stomach is divided and a small tube of stomach created which becomes the pouch. This means that only a very small amount of food can be taken at any one time. Fewer calories absorbed, means weight loss.
Steps followed by us to ensure your best:
- Evaluation by the surgeon: Do you really need the surgery?
- Comprehensive Medical Evaluation
- Intensive Counseling & Motivation
- Surgery Preparation & Performance
- Post Surgery Care & Rehabilitation
After the surgery, person needs to make changes in his/her lifestyle. This will be closely monitered by our surgeons, nutritionists.
7. The Results of Bariatric Surgery:
Expected weight loss: About 50 to 75 per cent of excess weight
Duration of operation: 2 hours
8. Healthy benefits of Weight Loss Surgery:
Diabetes: 77% of patients on medication for diabetes are able to discontinue taking medication after surgery. Some patients experience an improvement in the control of Diabetes.
Hypertension: Over 60% of patients with high blood pressure are able to stop medication and nearly 80% report an improvement in their blood pressure.
Sleep Apnea: Many patients have undiagnosed sleep apnea during their initial evaluation for weight loss surgery. Post surgery, it has been reported that 68-95% of the patients have resolutions of these symptoms.
Hyperlipidemia: Many patients seeking treatment have elevated cholesterol or lipids prior to surgery. Lipid profiles improve in 60%-95% of patients after weight loss procedures.
Quality of Life: Patients report an improved quality of life & increased activity levels after weight loss surgery.
Death: Multiple studies have shown a decrease in the long term risk of death in obese individuals after weight loss surgery, mainly due to reduction in deaths due to cardiovascular disease & cancer. The reduction is even greater in people suffering from Diabetes.