Bariatric surgery has become standard option for obesity management
Nowadays, obesity has become a common problem in the society, and is making headlines in the health press. At the same time, it is time to say good bye to the rapidly increasing problem of obesity, as Bariatric surgery is becoming the standard solution for obesity management in India.
TODAY OBESITY is the most common health concern all over the world. The cause of obesity can be heredity, unhealthy lifestyle and unbalanced eating habits. Almost all the developed and the developing countries are facing this problem of obesity. It is not only associated with some small immediate health risks, but it also has long-term complications such as cardiac problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, anaemia and other nutritional deficiencies.
Bariatric surgery is a weight loss surgery, which used to be used as a last option to treat people who were very obese. But now it has changed a bit, and Bariatric surgery is becoming the best option for obesity management. The main aim of Bariatric surgery is to make the patient consume less amount of food. Bariatric surgery includes different procedures that involve either making your stomach smaller by creating a gastric bypass or staple or 'banding' your stomach to make it smaller.
Bariatric surgery is not only good for obesity but it is also helpful in the treatment of diseases that are associated with obesity such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, cardiac problems and recently it is found that it can also prevent few cancers. It is purely a metabolic surgery and not at all a cosmetic surgery. The patients for whom other methods for weight loss like diet and exercise have failed and have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more can prefer this surgery.
Dr. Nandakishore Dukkipati, Managing Director at Livlife Hospitals Pvt Ltd., while speaking to this citizen journalist
, said that “Bariatric surgery is the advanced procedure for obesity management, and it shows a significant results.” Dr. Nandakishore also added that, “the amount of weight loss depends on the person and the procedure used for the weight loss surgery. But the total weight loss is comparable with each procedure and this surgery will help the patient to lose about 80-90 percent of the excess weight gain.”
The cost of Bariatric surgery again depends on the type of procedure and the medical history of the patient. In India, the gastric bypass will cost around 3 lacs to 3.5 lakhs, gastric sleeves will cost 2.5 lakhs to 3 lakhs and gastric staple or band will cost 1.35 to 1.5 lakhs. “The affects of the surgery will be seen gradually. The patient will have a smart look as they will not lose the whole weight at a time and the patient will feel pleasant after the surgery,” said Dr. Nandakishore.
The chances of regaining weight are not 'zero' in this process, and the patient may gain weight after surgery but the chances are minute. And if the patient follows the instructions and guidelines given by the doctor then the chances of weight gain will almost become 'zero'. The side affects of Bariatric surgery are also minimal, provided the surgery is done by a professional Bariatric surgeon.
Another advantage of Bariatric surgery is that it decreases infertility rate in obese women and increases the chance of conceiving. This surgery can be done on people who are above thirteen years of age.