Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric is a weight loss surgery. The different procedures of bariatric surgery are performed to remove a portion of the stomach from the body, which helps in reducing the weight. The process restricts the amount of food intake in the stomach. Bariatric surgery includes three procedures like Laparoscopic Gastric Banding or Gastric lap bands, Gastric Sleeve Surgery, and Gastric Bypass Surgery.

Bariatric surgery is performed to help you in reducing your excess weight by reducing the risk of weight-related disorders and diseases, obesity, excess weight deposition in the body, heart disease, diabetes, myocardial infarction, acid reflux, etc.

Before proceeding with bariatric surgery or weight loss procedure, your bariatric surgeon will ask you to submit the test reports like ECG, BMI, Ultrasound, blood test reports, etc.

Different Bariatric surgery procedures are performed on the people suffering from obesity, heart disease, sleep apnea, etc. A small portion of the stomach is removed to reduce the specific weight from the body.

FAQs

General FAQs of Bariatric Surgery

Yes. To maintain body weight, your bariatric surgeon will suggest you exercise after recovery.

A person who is having BMI 35 and more are the perfect candidate for bariatric surgery.

The different types of bariatric surgery are as follows:

  • Laparoscopic Gastric Banding or Gastric lap bands

  • Gastric Sleeve Surgery

  • Gastric Bypass Surgery

  • Bariatric surgery is recommended when:

  • BMI is 35 or more

  • suffering from a severe medical condition

  • Unable to lose weight through diet and exercise.

Number of days in India: 10

Number of days in Hospital: 2-5

  • Limiting the food intake as the new and small stomach can hold a limited amount of food only.

  • Absorption of calories and nutrients should be limited.

  • Altering the gut hormones in a way so that the person feels fuller early and remain full for longer.

  • The procedure is quick and takes less than an hour.

  • Laparoscopic procedures performed as day care procedures and night stay is not required in the hospital.

  • People with desk jobs can return to work as early as 1-2 days.

  • There is negligible blood loss with laparoscopic procedures.

  • The incisions are tiny and almost invisible.

  • The patient is shifted to the post-operative room soon after the surgery for a few hours to monitor any abnormal signs and symptoms.

  • Soon after the surgery, the patient is given medications for pain relief and antibiotics to prevent infection.

  • A catheter is placed into the stomach through the nose to drain fluids from the intestine for the first 1 or 2 days.

  • Also, there will be a catheter in the bladder to remove urine.

  • Ambulation is encouraged soon after the surgery.

  • The patient is not allowed to eat for the first 1 or 2 days to enable the healing of the stomach and intestine.

  • After three days, a specific diet will be given to you for 12 weeks that start with liquids and then pureed or soft foods are slowly given to the patient.

  • The patient wears special stockings on legs to prevent the formation of blood clots.

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

  • Hypertension

  • Diabetes

  • Heart disease

  • Severe sleep apnea

  • Stroke

  • Laparoscopic Gastric Banding can provide long-term aid in weight loss if the patient follows dietary and lifestyle advises given by the surgeon.

  • Average weight loss has been reported to be between 40 to 60%, but this depends upon how much the patient follows the surgeon’s advice and makes significant changes in his eating habits and lifestyle.

After bariatric surgery, your cosmetologist and dietician will prescribe you medicines and a healthy diet to follow, which can lead you to live healthy even after the surgery.

The estimated cost of bariatric surgery is as follows:

  • Gastric Sleeve cost: $4000

  • Gastric Bypass surgery cost: $7000

  • Laparoscopic Gastric Banding cost: $8200

The cost of weight loss surgery depends on several factors like:

  • BMI check

  • Different tests

  • Type of weight loss surgery

  • Hospital charges

  • Treatment hospital

  • Follow-up procedures

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