Bariatric surgery is a group of weight loss surgical operations intended to help cut down the amount of food you consume and absorb by shrinking your stomach. Most doctors often recommend bariatric surgery if other weight loss techniques prove to be unsuccessful and if weight gain poses a greater health risk. Bariatric surgery works by regulating your calorie intake and reducing the rate at which your stomach absorbs food. Moreover, bariatric surgery can be effective in preventing and treating a wide array of metabolic illnesses linked to obesity, such as fatty liver disease. In this article, we will explain why you should have your bariatric surgery performed by Dr. Peter K. Hon.
What conditions are treated by Bariatric Surgery?
Obesity is often linked to several life-threatening illnesses that sometimes require bariatric surgery. Below are some of the health conditions that this surgical procedure can treat:
- Sleep disorders. Patients with sleep disorders such as sleep apnea often experience trouble breathing when sleeping due to the blockage of their upper respiratory tract.
- Cancer. Various studies have linked obesity to different types of cancer, which can potentially increase your death from cancer.
- Kidney disease. Metabolic illnesses linked to obesity, such as congestive heart failure, hypertension, and diabetes, are triggers to severe kidney failure.
- Osteoarthritis. Excess weight tends to exert more pressure on your knee joints which can cause you to develop osteoarthritis.
- Hyperlipidemia. This is a condition where your blood contains excessive amounts of fats, which can result in blockages in your veins.
- Heart disease. Obesity can lead to chronic heart failure and other circulatory problems that can increase your chances of stroke and heart failure.
- Diabetes. Excess fat in your body is often linked to insulin resistance, which can result in type 2 diabetes. If left unchecked, it can severely affect your blood vessels, organs, and tissues.
Types of Bariatric Surgery
The type of bariatric surgery your doctor will recommend usually depends on the amount of fat you plan to lose and your overall health, among many other factors. Below are some of the main procedures of bariatric surgery:
- Gastric banding. This procedure involves placing a permanent silicone lap band around your stomach. This band helps reduce your stomach size without requiring the removal of any of its portions.
- Gastric balloon. This procedure entails inserting a deflated balloon into your stomach via the mouth using an endoscope. Once properly placed, the balloon is inflated to help reduce the size of your stomach. The balloon is usually removed after six months.
- Gastric bypass. This procedure involves cutting away the small opening of the ileum from the lower areas of your stomach and re-attaching it to the upper area of your stomach. This helps reduce the amount of food your stomach can store and the rate at which food is absorbed.
- Gastric sleeve surgery. This procedure involves the removal of a small portion of your stomach, thus, reducing its size.
What are the risks of bariatric surgery?
Below are some of the potential complications of bariatric surgery:
- Difficult bowel movements
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Bleeding of the stomach or small intestines
- Unhealthy weight loss
- Adrenal failure and malnutrition
- Emotional imbalances such as depression and stress eating
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