Obesity has attained the status of a global pandemic and is now the 5th leading cause of deaths worldwide. At least 2.8 million adults lose their lives each year as a result of obesity-related illnesses.
Obesity is associated with a gamut of medical illnesses namely diabetes, blood pressure, heart diseases, thyroid disorders, Joint pain, fertility disorders, etc.
Bariatric Surgery / Weight Loss Surgery
Bariatric or metabolic surgery is a permanent solution for weight loss that also aims at treating the medical problems associated with obesity.
It has excellent results in complete resolution of diabetes in most patients and results in significant improvement for that dependant on high dose insulin.
It helps to improve arthritis, HTN, thyroid and sleep disorders and increases the chance of conceiving in infertile patients.
The National Institute of Health guidelines advises bariatric surgery in an adult with a BMI ≥40 or BMI ≥35 with a serious health problem linked to obesity.
Your bariatric surgeon will advise you a thorough pre-operative check-up and anesthesia fitness after which the choice of procedure will be decided.
It is a safe procedure and should be done at high volume tertiary centers by a dedicated bariatric team.
Patients need hospitalization for 2-3 days and can resume work in a week’s time.
It does not have any long term side effects and patients need protein and vitamin supplementation only for a few months after the procedure.