Center for Bariatric Surgery - Thumbay University Hospital

Center for Bariatric Surgery

What is Obesity?

Obesity is a life-long progressive, life threatening condition marked by the excess accumulation of body fat, which can significantly reduce life expectancy. Obesity is chronic, debilitating, Life-long Dieses. When weight reaches extreme levels, it is called MORBID OBESITY and is a chronic condition with numerous medical, psychological and social consequences

Finding out if you are obese is simple; you calculate your Body Mass Index or BMI. Obesity is also defined by waist size – Over 90 cm in males and over 80 cm in females.

In fact, bariatric surgery is a life-changing technique by which candidate people have a higher quality of life. Usually, obese people develop serious conditions by time since moderate-severe obesity is a risk factor for different diseases that include but not limited to: cardiovascular disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, arthritis, breathing problems, and infertility. In contrast to bariatric surgery, people going under this surgical procedure experience a great improvement in their health status. In addition to its guaranteed weight loss, it lowers high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Gradually, it eliminates the breathing problems, stops the disease progression, and reduces risks of developing new serious conditions.

How can Obesity affect you?

Obesity is rarely just a physiological problem. This disorder has far reaching effects; physiological, psychological and Social. On the physical front, obesity can lead to several complications that could be fatal or incapacitating if left Untreated.

Some of the most common diseases that are directly and indirectly linked to obesity are:

  • Type II Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Liver and kidney disorders
  • Joint Pain/Osteoarthritis/Gout
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Gastro-esophageal reflux disease
  • Infertility
  • Certain cancers
  • Depression and anxiety disorders
  • Sleep Apnea

Why Surgery?

Because it works! Surgical weight loss is a safe and effective alternative When other methods are not successful. Thumbay University Hospital offers Laproscopic surgery using specialised Instruments, which decrease post-operative pain, And assist faster recovery. Bariatric surgery is one of the Weight-loss procedures which aid a person in losing Weight loss with much ease.

Bariatric (Obesity) surgery, or weight loss surgery, includes a variety of procedures performed on people who are obese.Weight loss is achieved by reducing the size of the stomach through removal of a portion of the stomach (sleeve gastrectomy) or by resecting and re-routing the small intestines to a small stomach pouch (gastric bypass surgery)

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) generates weight loss solely through gastric restriction (reduced stomach volume).In VSG approximately 2/3rd of the stomach is stapled off along its greater curvature, leaving behind 1/3rd stomach along lesser curvature, which is roughly the size and shape of a Banana or Sleeve.

This operation does not involve any “rerouting” or reconnecting of the intestines. Hence it is technically a simpler operation than the gastric bypass.

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

Under this procedure, a small stomach pouch is created and section of the small intestine is directly attached to the pouch. By creating a smaller stomach pouch, a Gastric Bypass limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time, so you feel full sooner and stay full longer. It also causes your body to absorb fewer calories.

Gastric Baloon

It is non-surgical procedure available for weight loss. A soft, expandable, silicone balloon is placed inside the stomach. Intra Gastric Balloon is completely reversible, and effective in temporarily reducing hunger, controlling food intake, initiating behavioral change, and achieving target weight loss of 10 to 20kg. Remains in the stomach for a six month.

An air balloon is implanted through the endoscopic route in only around
30 minutes without the need to hospitalize the patient. This procedure of implanting is non-surgical and minimally invasive thus reducing post implantation nausea, vomiting and the feeling of pain.

An Ideal Candidate for Bariatric Surgery is:

They should be between 18-65 years old. Nevertheless, younger or older patients are considered in accordance to case-by-case basis
They should have followed a medically supervised weight-loss program with no success
They should have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 and more, or a BMI of 30-39.9 with a presence of one or more chronic condition. BMI= weight (kg) / height (m) x height (m) Body weight status according to BMI:

How to fight obesity?

Now that we have a better understanding of the extend to which obesity hampers our health and strains our sytem, there are number of ways by which obesity can be tackled. A few of them are:

  • Controlled Diet
  • Rigorous exercise
  • Medication to overcome related illnesses
  • Surgery

Obesity Management at Thumbay University Hospital

Thumbay University Hospital provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to care for the evaluation and treatment of Obesity. We offer a unique, integrated Patient Focused Team Approach that meets patients’ needs through every step of the process. At Thumbay University Hospital the highly skilled and committed team gives you the best and the latest options for Bariatric surgery so you can get back to your normal life with more self-confidence.

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