Bariatric Surgery

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Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery refers to help an individual with obesity to lose weight. Healthcare professionals may recommend bariatric surgery if other weight loss methods don’t work and if obesity pose a greater risk to your general health than surgery.

Who requires Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery requirements starts with establishing a diagnosis of class III obesity. That means that you either:

  • Have a BMI of 40 or higher.
  • Have a BMI of at least 35 and at least one related health problem.

The criteria are slightly higher for adolescents. An adolescent may be an individual of surgery if:
  • BMI of at least 40 and an obesity-related medical condition.
  • BMI of at least 35 and a severe obesity-related medical condition.

Risks of Bariatric Surgery
  • Dumping syndrome. This is a collection of symptoms or signs that can happen when your stomach dumps food too fast into small intestine.
  • Malabsorption and malnutrition. Many bariatric surgeriesinduce malabsorption in small intestine to lower the calories you absorb or take.
  • Bile reflux. If the pyloric valve doesn’t close properly, one possible outcomes is bile reflux.
  • Gallstones. Rapid weight loss sends a large load of cholesterol to liver to process.

Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
  • Significant, sustained weight loss. Surgery is the only option that has been proven effective for class III obesity.
  • Reduced hunger hormones and improved metabolism. Surgery is the only obesity treatment that rewires your body’s metabolic programming.
  • Cholesterol and blood sugar management. Weight loss surgery often causes remission of diabetes symptoms.
  • A longer, healthier life. Weight loss surgery can actually extend your life.