Obesity is one of the biggest killers in the world today, motivating many of the obesely overweight to seek bariatric treatment such as a Sleeve Gastrectomy, or a Gastric Bypass.
Health conditions related to obesity include high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, joint problems, sleep apnoea and gall stones. So for many people, their extra weight is not only uncomfortable, but also life threatening.
If your BMI is 30 or more, you are in the obese range and if you’ve been struggling to lose weight then a sleeve gastrectomy could be an option. If your BMI is 45 or more, then a gastric bypass may be performed.
A Sleeve Gastrectomy is primarily used as part of a staged approach to surgical weight loss, and may be followed by a Gastric Bypass.
Overview of Sleeve Gastrectomy:
• A sleeve gastrectomy takes up to two hours to complete.
• The surgeon will five or six small incisions in the abdomen and performs the procedure using a video camera (laparoscope) and long instruments that are placed through these small incisions.
• During the gastrectomy, about 75% of the stomach is removed leaving a narrow gastric “tube” or “sleeve”.
• The gastrectomy limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time without decreasing absorption of nutrients. After eating a small amount of food, you will feel full very quickly and for several hours.
In patients who undergo sleeve gastrectomy as a first stage procedure, the gastric bypass is performed 12 to 18 months later after significant weight loss has occurred and the risk of anaesthesia is much lower (and the liver has decreased in size).
Overview of Gastric Bypass
• Gastric bypass surgery is an operation that creates a small pouch to restrict food intake and bypasses a segment of the small intestine.
• The surgeon makes a direct connection from the stomach pouch to a lower segment of the small intestine, bypassing the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine) and some of the jejunum (the second part of the small intestine), delaying the mixing of ingested food and the digestive enzymes.
• Because gastric bypass creates ‘dumping syndrome’ the patient is negatively reinforced with nausea, sweating, and a general ‘ill’ feeling shortly after they eat sweets or large amounts of carbohydrates. This helps reduce binging and limits high-carbohydrate foods.
If you have been struggling with your weight for a long time and tried various methods in the market with discouraging results then Bariatric treatment may be an option. The Taqtik Health Marketplace provides an online platform for people looking to travel for medical procedures, including Bariatric Treatments. A number of partners provide Bariatric packages including My Medical Vacations in Mexico, Quirónsalud in Spain, and Gorgeous Getaways in Malaysia.