Bariatric surgery is a life-changing procedure designed for individuals struggling with severe obesity. It involves surgically altering the stomach or intestines to promote weight loss by restricting food intake or limiting nutrient absorption. Common types of bariatric surgery include gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and gastric banding. Besides significant weight loss, these procedures often lead to improvements in obesity-related health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. Bariatric surgery offers a new beginning, empowering individuals to achieve a healthier weight, improved quality of life, and reduced risk of obesity-related complications.
Bariatric surgery is a surgical procedure performed on individuals with obesity to help them lose weight by altering the digestive system. It involves reducing the size of the stomach or bypassing a portion of the digestive tract.
Bariatric surgery promotes weight loss through various mechanisms. It can restrict the amount of food the stomach can hold, limit the absorption of nutrients, or change the hormonal signals that control hunger and satiety.
Bariatric surgery is generally recommended for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) above 40 or a BMI above 35 with obesity-related health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, or sleep apnea. Eligibility is determined on an individual basis by a bariatric surgeon.
The most common types of bariatric surgery are gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and adjustable gastric banding. Each procedure has its own benefits and considerations, and the choice depends on the individual’s specific circumstances and consultation with a surgeon.
While some types of bariatric surgeries can be reversed or revised, it’s important to note that they are intended to be permanent procedures. Reversal or revision is typically considered only in specific cases where it is medically necessary or for serious complications.
Please note that these answers are general in nature, and it’s always best to consult with a bariatric surgeon for personalized information and advice regarding bariatric surgery options and eligibility.