Bariatric Surgery – Things You Should Know

Bariatric surgery is a term used for different weight-loss procedures in people with obesity. Bariatric surgery appeared many decades ago and back than it was associated with many complications, both surgical and nonsurgical. Luckily, things (and statistics) look completely differently now because of the major changes that have occurred recently in this field of medicine. In the hands of an experienced surgeon at a reputable hospital, adjustable gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass are nowadays considered safe. Furthermore, both doctors and patients have realized that bariatric surgery has more benefits beyond jut the obvious effect of weight-loss. 

Basically, bariatric surgery is considered when patient’s body mass index is higher than 40 (extreme obesity), or when BMI is between 35 and 40 (obesity), but a person has a serious weight-related health issue, such as sleep apnea, high blood pressure or type 2 Diabetes. In some cases, gastric bypass and other weight-loss procedures are considered even if patients’ BMI is between 30 and 34, but there are extremely serious weight-related health issues. Typically, gastric bypass and similar weight-loss procedurs are done only after a patient has tried to lose weight by making lifestyle, exercise and diet changes.

When it comes to other benefits of bariatric surgery, it is proven to positively affect blood sugar levels (in patients with diabetes mellitus this is of the highest importance), cholesterol, hypertension and other conditions. Truth is, improving these medical issues through bariatric surgery increases patient’s ability to live longer (and healthier) and lowers the risk of future cardiovascular problems.

However, these procedures are not recommended for everybody with extreme obesity, because certain medical guidelines have to be met to qualify a patient for bariatric surgery. So, if you’re interested in gastric bypass or any other weight-loss procedure, you should have an extensive screening process to realize if you can qualify. Also, you have to be prepared to make permanent lifestyle modifications. Some patients are required to participate in follow-up plans that involve monitoring their medical conditions, lifestyle, nutrition and behavior long time after the bariatric procedure was done.

Finally, some people are worried that weight loss procedures have to be expensive. Luckily, we have good news for you! Check out Affordable Bariatric Surgery at World Laparoscopy Hospital and do something good for your overall health!