Bariatric Surgery: Fighting obesity is not a losing battle anymore

Research has shown that over the years the number of people who are obese has been increasing and has been the number one cause of health risk. Such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, heart disease even death.  Obesity can lower down the quality of life physically, mentally and emotionally.

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With the help of today’s technology fighting obesity and all the health risk that comes with it can be easily overcome.

“It is not just about the process of getting rid of all the excessive weight, it is primarily about being able to take combat from life threatening diseases and improve the quality of life,” says Dr. Kevin Dolan an experienced Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon at WALOS.

 

Bariatric surgery: what is it? And why do I need it?

Bariatric surgery refers to a series of weight loss procedures that a patient suffering from obesity can have in order to reduce their food consumption thus, causing them to lose weight. It is classified in three different procedures such as:

  • The Gastric band is the process in which the upper part of the stomach is emplaced with an inflatable band that creates a smaller flexible receptacle or stomach pouch. This enables the patient to more likely feel full and satisfied even with smaller food portion.
  • Gastric bypass is the most commonly used bariatric procedure worldwide the procedure involves re-routing the digestive system past the stomach enabling the patient to be satiated and be less hungry from time to time training the patient to suppress food cravings and excessive hunger.
  • Sleeve gastrectomy, around 80% of the stomach is removed to create a smaller stomach pouch. This reduces the amount of food that can be consumed.

Although it would be months for the patient to resume to their normal daily activities, still results are already visible, even during the patient’s healing process.