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Bariatric Surgery – Myths and Facts

Bariatric Surgery (Also called as “Weight-loss Surgery”) includes a variety of procedures performed on people who have obesity. Weight loss is achieved by reducing the size of the stomach with a gastric band or through the removal of a portion of the stomach (sleeve gastrectomy or biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch) or by resecting and re-routing the small intestine to a small stomach pouch (gastric bypass surgery).

Fact: Not a single gram of fat is removed or liposuction is done in Bariatric Surgery. It is based on the principle of restriction of food & less absorption of food

Fact: It is a very old surgery. The first Bariatric Surgery was done in the year 1966. In India, it is being done for more than a decade with figures as high as 15000 cases per year.

Fact: This surgery not only reduces your overweight but also helps in the resolution of your comorbidities like Type II Diabetes Mellitus, High Cholesterol, Snoring, Sleep Apnea, Joint Pain, PCOD & Fatty Liver Disease. So, this is not a cosmetic but a life-saving surgery.

Fact: There are different types of Bariatric Surgery procedure for example Mini Gastric Bypass, Roux-N-Y Gastric Bypass, Gastric Band, Gastric Sleeve Resection, Duodenal Switch, SADI, Plication, and ileal interposition.

Fact: Excess weight loss varies from procedure to procedure. Excess weight loss may range from 20% to more than 90%.

Fact: Sometimes obesity is genetically related or overproduction of hunger hormones or slow metabolic rate of the body. An obesity-prone person even eats less can gain weight for such people Bariatric Surgery is boon.

Fact: Only 10-15% of people can lose weight with diet & exercise. If you stop the dietary and exercise regime all the lost weight can come back.

Fact: Some Bariatric Surgeries are reversible like a mini gastric bypass & gastric band.

Fact: Bariatric Surgery allows eating food according to your ideal body weight.

Fact: An experienced laparoscopic surgeon is able to perform Bariatric Surgery comfortably and successfully using the laparoscopic technique.

Fact: Procedure like gastric bypass reduces high pressure in the stomach so negligible chance of vomiting.

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