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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. Bariatric surgery involves the modification of different parts of the gastrointestinal tract in order to induce weight loss.

    There are four types of minimally invasive bariatric surgery:

    • Gastric balloon involves placing a balloon filled with 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 then feel full faster, eat less and eventually lose weight.
    • Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is used to permanently reduce the size of your stomach to about 25% of its original size, thus resembling 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 as well as significantly improve obesity-associated disorders. Your doctor will determine whether you are a suitable candidate for bariatric surgery. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 and it is usually associated with other medical conditions that decrease life expectancy. Bariatric surgery is usually medically recommended for patients with BMI higher than 37.5 and who do not suffer from any other concurrent medical conditions. It is also recommended for patients with 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 (pauses in breathing during sleep).

  • At Parkway East Hospital, you can look forward to receive treatment in a warm and comforting environment. Our friendly staff and specialists are here to see you through each step of your journey towards recovery.

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