If excess weight is hampering your quality of life and causing complications such as hypertension or apnoea, ask your physician about bariatric surgery at Medcare. This is a way to reduce a significant amount of weight.
You may be the right profile to benefit from this procedure, if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. If you also suffer from diabetes, then there is an even higher chance that your doctor may recommend this weight loss surgery.
Obesity is harmful for your health, and is a risk factor for a number of ailments such as diabetes, cancer, hypertension, heart disease, obstructive sleep apnoea and stroke. Bariatric surgery offers a way for you to overcome this problem.
There are two ways of performing the surgery. In the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass method, the stomach is made smaller. This alters your digestion, you can eat less food, and fewer calories are absorbed. A direct connection is made from the stomach to the lower segment of the small intestine. Sections of the digestive tract that can absorb calories and nutrients are bypassed.
Another technique that is done using a laparoscope is called sleeve gastronomy, also called gastric sleeve surgery. In this procedure, 75% of the stomach is removed, leaving a narrow gastric ‘tube’ or ‘sleeve’. Research has proven that bariatric surgery leads to a significant and long term weight reduction, recovery from diabetes and improvement in cardiovascular factors.
Women who are trying to conceive and have fertility issues linked to obesity can also benefit from bariatric surgery, but it’s important that this is discussed thoroughly with the gynaecologist as well as obesity surgery specialists, and pregnancy should be planned only after 18 months have passed after the surgery. This is because the body goes through many changes, and hormonal fluctuations just after bariatric surgery.
If you will benefit from bariatric surgery, come to Medcare. Our well-equipped hospital and specialist surgeons with rich experience ensure you get the best care before, during and after the surgery. Schedule a consultation with a Medcare specialist to discuss your best options.