Posted by: fortishospitals | September 27, 2011

Bariatric Surgery : Weight Loss Surgery : How does it work?

Bariatric surgery may seem like a boon to a lot of overweight people but there are some things you must keep in mind before going under the knife.

Recently, BJP President Nitin Gadkari who was suffering from Type II diabetes went in for gastric bypass surgery, a type of bariatric surgery, which helped control his sugar levels.

If you’re one of those who’s tried everything from dieting to gymming to power yoga and still can’t seem to lose those extra pounds, you might want to consider bariatric surgery before things get more serious.
What is this surgery all about you ask? We spoke to a few doctors from reputed hospitals all over India to tell us more about this weight loss surgery. Here are a few things you must know.

How does it work?

Bariatric surgery is a weight loss surgery performed on people who are considered to be obese. The idea behind it is to reduce the capacity of the stomach so that the patient feels easily full after consuming small meals leading to weight loss.

“There are quite a few procedures under bariatric surgery. The 3 common ones are Gastric banding, Gastric sleeve and Gastric bypass.

Gastric banding is when a silicon band is placed on the upper part of the stomach making a small pouch. This restricts the size of the stomach opening and thereby reduces food intake.

In Gastric sleeve, 80 per cent of the stomach is removed and the new tiny stomach absorbs the nutrients.

Gastric bypass on the other hand involves making a small pouch of the stomach and connecting it to the small intestine.

Around 250 cms is bypassed which doesn’t allow 100% absorption of the food,” says Dr Rajesh Khullar, Senior Consultant, Minimal Access, Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery at Max Healthcare, Delhi.

Many people tend to get confused between bariatric surgery and liposuction. Liposuction is a a cosmetic surgery is merely for fat loss as opposed to bariatric surgery which results in sustainable weight loss.

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