Shedding Pounds and Gaining Health: Understanding Different Bariatric Procedures

Battling weight and its health woes? Bariatric surgery could be your key to lasting change. Explore different procedures here - from how they work to how they can help you shed pounds, manage health issues, and live a healthier you!
Bariatric Surgery

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Understanding the Nuances of Each Procedure:

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy: This laparoscopic procedure restricts food intake by removing a significant portion of the stomach. It also reduces ghrelin production, leading to decreased hunger. You can find a detailed explanation with visuals on the National Institutes of Health website: National Institutes of Health – Weight-loss (Metabolic & Bariatric) Surgery.1
  • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (Roux-Y): This laparoscopic surgery creates a small stomach pouch and reroutes the small intestine, limiting food intake to a great extent and nutrient absorption mainly fat. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) offers a helpful animation explaining the Roux-Y procedure: Unfortunately, the ASMBS website currently doesn’t allow direct linking to videos. You can find the animation by searching for “Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass” on their website: American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.2
  • Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD-DS): This complex, two-part surgery combines elements of sleeve gastrectomy and intestinal bypass. It’s typically reserved for individuals with severe obesity due to its significant impact on nutrient absorption. The ASMBS also provides a resource on BPD-DS: Similar to the Roux-Y bypass, you can find information on BPD-DS by searching for it on the ASMBS website American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.3

Individualized Approach: Choosing the Right Surgery

There’s no single “best” procedure. Several factors influence your doctor’s recommendation, including:

  • Body Mass Index (BMI): The ASMBS provides a table outlining the recommended BMI ranges for each surgery: American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery – Body Mass Index (BMI) for Bariatric Surgery.4
  • Medical Conditions: Certain procedures may be preferred if you have co-existing conditions like type 2 diabetes or sleep apnea. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) discusses the potential benefits of bariatric surgery for specific conditions: Weight-Loss Surgery for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes – National Institutes of Health.5
  • Surgical History: Prior abdominal surgeries might influence the approach (laparoscopic vs. open).
  • Lifestyle and Preferences: Discuss factors like recovery time, dietary restrictions, and potential long-term complications with your doctor to find an option that aligns with your goals.

Beyond Weight Loss: A Spectrum of Health Benefits

Bariatric surgery offers a range of potential benefits beyond just shedding pounds. Research suggests it can improve or even resolve various obesity-related conditions, including.

  • Type 2 diabetes: Studies show significant improvements in blood sugar control and even remission of type 2 diabetes after bariatric surgery.
  • Sleep apnea: Weight loss can significantly reduce sleep apnea symptoms, leading to improved sleep quality.
  • High blood pressure: Bariatric surgery can help lower blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Heart disease: Weight loss and improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol levels can contribute to a reduced risk of heart disease.
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD): Bariatric surgery can improve liver function and potentially reverse NAFLD.
  • Osteoarthritis: Weight loss can significantly reduce stress on joints, improving pain and mobility in individuals with osteoarthritis.

The Road to Recovery and Beyond:

Being a keyhole procedure, recovery is quick and one can be made to walk within a few hours of the surgery and get back to work within the next 2 to 3 days.

Long-Term Success: Commitment is Key

Bariatric surgery is a powerful tool to jumpstart weight loss and indeed seems to be a magic solution. Long-term success requires sustained commitment to a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise. Regular follow-up appointments with your doctor are crucial for monitoring progress, addressing any nutritional deficiencies, and managing potential complications.

  1. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/weight-management/bariatric-surgery ↩︎
  2. https://asmbs.org/ ↩︎
  3. https://asmbs.org/ ↩︎
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9834364/ ↩︎
  5. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/professionals/diabetes-discoveries-practice/bariatric-surgery-to-treat-type-2-diabetes ↩︎
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Amera Begum
Amera Begum
Dr Tulip and Dr kavita are Amazing. I had sleeve gastric bariatic surgery 5days ago and i lost 4 kgs. I am extremely grateful that Dr Tulip has given me new life new start and Dr Tulip staff also extra carring like i feel im not hospitalized i feel im in cradle . Special thanks to sister Tanu shree ,kerala sister and Bengali brother and once again Dr Tulip and Dr kavita thank you🌹🙏🌹 lots of love you ❤❤❤Drs
Nalini Narayan
Nalini Narayan
Dr. Tulip and Dr. Kavita are amazing. I had a gastric bypass surgery last year and have lost more than 40 kgs. I am extremely grateful that Dr. Tulip has given me new lease of life .Her post operative care and follow ups are fantastic. Thank you Drs.
D.s Suma
D.s Suma
DR.Tulip madam and Kavitha madam were amazing I Had a gastric bypass surgery last month I reduced 10 kgs of weight much more to go I started my second life with this Iam very grateful to dr. Tulip
Sai kiran Reddy
Sai kiran Reddy
GOOD PLACE TO GET UR WEIGHT LOSS AND GET UR DIABETES CURED
Dhanush.G
Dhanush.G
After trying for a baby for 7 long years, bariatric surgery helped me. I conceived a year ago and and am a proud mother after shedding 30 kilos
Sankarsh rakesh
Sankarsh rakesh
Huge tummy sagging I had. Confused to do lipo or tummy tuck. Finally did tummy tuck , have flat tummy I dreamed. . Thanks to Dr Tulip and team.
Mahadev Prasad S
Mahadev Prasad S
Lost 20kgs in 4 months for wedding , but also regained 4kgs within 2 months. What doctor told is right only. I should have done Stapler surgery
Anuradha Suryakanth
Anuradha Suryakanth
Gastric bypass, a very wonderful surgery that my uncle underwent. I could notvsee him suffer, his diabetes was uncontrolled, he could not sleep without a CPap machine , breathless after taking few steps. But 4 months since surgery, he has lost 32 kgs, insulin has stopped, only one diabetes medicine he is taking. He no longer uses CPAP machine. He has become positive once again. Thanks to Dr Tulip and team for all the guidance before, during and after surgery. My uncle is in safe hands
Aryan Vishnu
Aryan Vishnu
10 minutes and swalow balon done. I have no discomfort and tummy feeling full. Nevery knew it was really so smooth. Hope I lose 17kgs.