All you need to know about bariatric surgery
December 15, 2020
Bariatric surgery is a Gastrointestinal surgery to improve, prevent and/or treat obesity and its comorbidities which may be life-threatening. This is a life-saving surgery and not a cosmetic surgery. The surgery is done by laparoscopy and does not involve the removal of fat from the body like liposuction. Weight loss after surgery is gradual i.e. 4-5 kgs per month and reaches a stable level after 1-2 years after surgery. Bariatric surgery is known to be the most effective and long-lasting treatment for morbid obesity and many related conditions. It is also one of the best treatments for metabolic diseases and conditions including Type-2 Diabetes, Hypertension, High cholesterol, Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and Obstructive sleep apnea.
Here are a few things you must know about Bariatric surgery.
1.The operation is safe.
All surgeries come with risks, but weight-loss surgery is as safe as having a gallbladder removed. Patients usually go home the next day.
A patient might lose 70 kgs and gain back 15 kgs to 25 kgs. Part of this is simply the body adjusting to the “new norm” and learning to store fat even on a very restricted diet.
3.You will keep the weight off.
85 to 90% of patients are successful in losing weight and significantly improving their quality of life. However, momentary lapses can happen.
4.You will become healthier overall.
When patients lose weight, they improve their health, too. Risk of heart attack and stroke goes down. Diabetes improves, and some individuals no longer need insulin. Individuals breathe better and sleep better. It becomes easier to walk and exercise too.
5.You can still eat regular food.
Gathering around a food table is such an important part of our culture, and that doesn’t have to change after weight-loss surgery. Patients learn to eat healthier foods and smaller portions, but they can still enjoy a meal with friends and family.
Bariatric surgery is the new face of weight loss. It is not only safe but is also effective. It doesn’t have many side-effects too. Anyone can go for it. Consult your doctor for expert advice.