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Bariatric surgery- All you need to know !!

What is bariatric surgery?

It is a series of weight loss procedures done for weight loss by removing a portion of stomach.

It is usually recommended to individuals who are obese and have BMI between 35-40.

This is done in cases where exercise and other natural methods fail to fetch results. These surgeries not only help in weight loss but also reduce appetite. The person feels full after eating lesser food.

 

These surgeries work in 2 ways-

1. Create a physical barrier and and restricts the amount of food that the stomach can hold.

2. Shortens the part of intestine, causing limited absorption of the calories and the nutrients.

 

Types:

types of bariatric surgery

 

Benefits of Bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery has heaps of advantages most of which remain unacknowledged many times. However, it is a boon to society. With the help of the best bariatric surgeons in India, the benefits are multiplied many folds.​ The procedure results in controlling and curing various ailments.

  • Type 2 diabetes- this happens when the body cells fail to absorb insulin from the blood, resulting in high blood sugar levels. Mostly caused by obesity, high intake of artificial sweeteners, eating high carbohydrate food or lack of physical activity. Bariatric surgery helps in weight loss and reduces the hunger of the patient, which results in restoring the health.

  • Cardio-vascular disorders- Bariatric surgery significantly helps in lowering of raised cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and blood pressure of the body. This leads to prevention of heart related diseases such as coronary heart disease, heart stroke or peripheral heart disease.

  • Psychological benefit- people often feel depressed or embarrassed about themselves when they are obese. The surgery boosts a great amount of confidence in them. They start living their lives happily and with positive attitude.

  • Sleep apnea- bariatric surgery has reported to treat sleep apnea in many people. Most of them have stop using the cPAP machine.

  • Joint pain relief- loss of weight by the bariatric surgery also reduces stress on the weight-bearing areas of the body such as knee joints. This provides a great deal of relief to people with joint pain.
    - this condition is eminently related to obesity. The bariatric surgery associated with hormonal changes can bring remarkable improvement in PCOS. This also boosts fertility of the patient. Studies have shown that women who underwent gastric bypass surgery, had restored menstrual cycles, reduction in excessive body hair and decreased level of androgen.

gastric band

 

Other than these, there an extensive list of medical conditions, which are markedly improved by bariatric surgery.

  • Migraine

  • Pseudotumor cerebri (idiopathic intracranial hypertension)

  • Asthma

  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

  • GERD

  • Metabolic syndrome

  • Gout

  • Urinary stress incontinence

  • Venous stasis disease

Cost 

The cost of bariatric surgery in India is reasonable. However, it highly depends on the hospital and the location in India. 

For information on weight loss surgery in India, click here

Author Name
Dr. Kavreen Arora

Published Date
: 17-Sep-2018

Dr. Kavreen Arora

Dr. Kavreen studied medicine and actively practised for few years before she decided to share her knowledge through medical blogs and articles. Since then, Dr. Kavreen has written several articles about the recent advances in various medical treatments, life expectancies, and the best hospitals & doctors across the nation. 

She is a keen observer and likes to keep herself updated with the new technologies. She is an avid reader and an earnest writer in the medical field.

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