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Auther : Vidya Jagtap Date : 2021-03-22 09:30:01

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Weight-Loss Surgery FAQ

Considering weight loss surgery? Find FAQs about Bariatric Surgery. You can get Questions and Answers about Weight Loss Surgery. Risks, different types of gastric bypass, stomach stapling surgery, complications, side effects of weight loss surgery, and Much more.


What are the things to look into before selecting a Bariatric surgeon?

Choosing the right bariatric surgeon remains very important as he is the one by your side through the life-changing event and should be well qualified, affordable, safe, and trusted.

Choose a hospital and surgeon who are affiliated with your insurance company for the ease of cashless facility and also to avoid reimbursement and claim issues.

Choose the hospital within your convenience and reach. Discuss your case with your doctor over teleconsultation. Decide over the choice of surgery that has to be performed. Check for the doctor’s specialization in that specific type of surgery.

Check for the facilities, staff, and resources offered by the hospital. 

How long does Bariatric Surgery take?

It is possible to perform gastric banding (LAP-BAND) and sleeve Gastrostomy in 1-2 hours, while the gastric bypass is normally achieved in 2-3 hours. After that, around 10-15 days of hospitalization may be required depending on the case

How safe is laser Bariatric Surgery?

The best candidates for these laser treatments are near Their ideal weight, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. They are individuals who are incapable of losing stubborn Pockets of fat through a balanced diet and daily exercise.

Also, these treatment costs around 1,000-1500$ per small treatment per area. People who are obese or have a BMI greater than 35 would not be ideal candidates for this procedure.

How long will it take to walk normally after Bariatric Surgery?

It takes 2-3days post-surgery except for some complications to walk normally after bariatric surgery. The patient can get discharged within 10-15 days after surgery.

Is Bariatric Surgery neurosurgery?

No, bariatric surgery is not neurosurgery. bariatric surgery is performed to reduce weight in patients who are morbidly obese. Bariatric surgery helps to reduce the food retained in the stomach and also in combination with the reduction of food absorption in the stomach.

Is India the best place for a Bariatric Surgery treatment? Why?

Yes, for the past few decades India is one of the leading choices of international patients for bariatric surgery. Due to the affordable cost of bariatric surgery in India, medical tourism in India is flourishing. In India, bariatric surgery costs only $6000-$8000, while in the U.S. it costs $15,000-20,000. This is why, for patients from the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Europe, India has become the center for bariatric surgery.

Doctor proficiency, infrastructure and good success rate in India the patients from middle eastern countries and Africa prefer India for bariatric surgery. Unlike other countries, India has no waiting time, which is 6 months to 2 years in some countries.

Where can I find Bariatric Surgery procedure data?

There are different types of bariatric surgeries- malabsorptive, restrictive, or a mixture of both. Malabsorptive approaches are rarely practiced today, such as jejunoileal bypass and biliopancreatic bypass.

Malabsorptive- Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch includes 2 parts in surgery. first is the removal of a large portion of the stomach which leads to less intake of food and in the second part, the end portion of the intestine is connected to the duodenum near the stomach bypassing the intestine, which leads to less absorption.

Restrictive procedures – some types include sleeve gastrectomy, vertical-banded gastroplasty (VBG), and adjustable gastric banding (AGB).

Sleeve gastrectomy – here, the large portion of the stomach is removed leaving behind a long tube-like structure. This portion cannot hold a large amount of food and results in making you feel fuller.

Mixture- Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is a combination of gastric restriction and bypass of a small segment of the small intestine. Here, the amount of food one can eat in one sitting is redirected as a result reducing the absorption. Food bypasses the large part of the stomach and also the first section of the small intestine and directly enters the middle part of the small intestine.

Relative technical simplicity and low complication rates are attributed to the GS procedure, which often correlates with substantial comorbidity changes and equivalent weight loss to other more complex bariatric procedures.

Under general anesthesia using a laparoscope small 3-5 incisions are made of 1-2 cm on the abdomen. This surgery is called keyhole surgery and causes less pain, good recovery, and early discharge. The patient can resume work within 10-15 days.

Additional data for bariatric surgery can be found on the hospital websites and also health awareness websites.

Is Bariatric Surgery the solution for a severe backache?

Yes, in the case of obese people losing those extra pounds may prove a good solution for treating severe backache. Nearly every organ in the body is strained by unhealthy weight, so it is no surprise that it often raises the risk of back pain, joint pain, and muscle strain. The lower back is especially vulnerable to the pressure associated with weight. 

That weight pulls your pelvis forward when your body carries extra weight, particularly around the midsection. Any extra pound adds pressure to the ligaments and back muscles. The spine can become tilted over time and develop an unnatural curvature. Studies have shown that obesity is more than a mechanical joint stressor: excess body fat often generates chemicals that lead to joint injury. An unhealthy weight over a long period of time may result in the risk of degenerative disc disease, sciatica, ruptured/slipped discs, pinched nerves, and piriformis syndrome, pain, and irritation of the sciatic nerve, arthritis of the spine, development of osteoarthritis, and musculoskeletal injury.

Maintaining a healthy weight or losing weight will help to relieve or eliminate back problems and can minimize tension on other joints. Your back will make a huge difference by decreasing only a few pounds. You remove 16 pounds of pressure from your spine for every four pounds you lose. 

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