Bariatric Surgery Explained

Surgical Intervention.      Bariatric Surgery is not to be confused with mere ‘Weight Loss Surgery’. The objective of surgery for the elimination of obesity is to reduce the DESIRE for overeating – appetite – by reducing the body’s capacity for absorbing excess food. The name for this group of operations is Bariatric Surgery. The advantages are manifold. Bariatric Surgery is not only proven to be more effective than diet and exercise and drug treatments for weight loss, it has the benefit of speedily reversing obesity-generated conditions such as

  • Diabetes *,
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure),

It also has undoubted effects in relieving other obesity-related conditions including:

  • High cholesterol
  • Arthritis – including:
    • Knees,
    • Hips and
    • Back Pain
  • Sleep apnoea (temporarily halted breathing) and more.

Cancer and Obesity. Untreated obesity has been shown to increase the risks of cancer of the prostate, colon. rectum, ovary and womb, among others. A recent paper published in the Lancet links excessive BMI with 17 out of 22 specific types of cancer, with ‘substantial effects’.

See also the page on the risks posed by Obesity on Pregnancy

The Different Surgical Options – There are several approaches, of which The London Bariatric Centre favours and offers four types. Click on any of the four approaches below for a simple explanation of how each is accomplished:

  • Gastric Bypass *
  • Gastric Band
  • Gastric Sleeve
  • Gastric Balloon
  • We perform all four using minimally invasive, laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery methods. The choice of which of the four techniques is used depends upon each individual case.

    * The Gastric Bypass procedure can have a positive effect on diabetes within weeks, regardless of the ensuing weight loss.

    * Concerning Diabetes, NICE (the government health advisory body – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) says consideration should be given to Bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery):  for people who have recent-onset type 2 diabetes and have a BMI between 30 and 34.9.People of Asian origin will be considered for surgery if they have a lower BMI than this, as the point at which the level of body fat becomes a health risk varies between ethnic groups. Asian people are known to be particularly vulnerable to the complications of diabetes.

    All bariatric surgery works by reducing the digestive system’s capacity to absorb excess food.

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