How does weight loss surgery help to reduce excess weight?
How effective is weight loss surgery?
Depending on the type of surgery anywhere from 36% to 90% of your Excess Body Weight (EBW) will be lost over a period of 6 months to two years. Clinical studies have shown that post-surgery, most patients lose weight rapidly and continue to do so up until 18 to 24 months after the procedure. However you will wake up from the surgery without weight loss. However, patients may lose 30 to 50 % of their excess weight in the first 6 months, and 77% as early as 12 months after surgery. Another study has shown that patients could maintain 50 – 60% loss of excess weight within 10-14 years after surgery.
How is Laparoscopic surgery done?
The procedure uses a laparoscope. This is a long, thin instrument with a light source at its tip, to light up inside the abdomen. Fibro-optic fibres carry images from a lens at the tip of the instrument to a video monitor which the surgeon and OT staff can see. By inserting various instruments through small incisions, surgery is performed.
How to calculate that I am Fat?
Fat is often referred as obese in medical terminology. To determine whether you are fat, doctors calculate your BMI (Body Mass Index) to know how much excess weight a person has in relation to their height. BMI of a normal weight person ranges from 18 to 24.9 kg/m2.
What is Laparoscopic surgery?
It is a surgery done using a video camera to visualize the abdominal cavity using narrow instruments without making long incision.
Laparoscopic Obesity surgery
It is a procedure to perform obesity surgery with small button holes on your abdomen. No long cut is required, these patients are mobile after 2 hours after surgery. It is scar less surgery for all practical purpose.
Liposuction is the same as bariatric surgery
No, the Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure for re-sculpting small amount of unwanted body fat. Liposuction is not a weight loss operation. Bariatric surgery is an operation which reduces caloric intake and the way fat is deposited. Bariatric surgery can achieve a sustained and lasting weight loss for treatment of morbid obesity.
What is bariatric surgery?
Bariatric surgery is a type of surgery which is performed to induce long term excess weight loss along with curing or improving most of the medical problems like diabetes, blood pressure, arthritis etc.
What is life like, after surgery?
There are no major side effects, in-fact the whole lifestyle changes. It enhances your health & makes you more active and energetic in your daily routine.
What is the expected hospital stay for the surgery?
Most patients stay in the hospital approximately 2 to 5 days after a laparoscopic procedure. Patients are discharged once they have tolerance to take oral intake of liquids and nutrients by mouth to prevent dehydration, having adequate pain control with medications by mouth, and having no fever, vomiting, respiratory discomfort etc.
What type of diet will be recommended after surgery?
You will be on liquid diet for almost 2-4 weeks.
When can I have children after the surgery?
The female patients are advised to wait at least two years after surgery to avoid the stress of a pregnancy during the period of rapid weight loss and allow her weight to stabilize. You are strictly advised to use contraceptive methods for first 24 months.
Will the obesity related complications remain after the surgery?
Yes, some of the complications will resolve and some will improve gradually, like sleep apnoea, asthma, hypertension and high cholesterol. In fact obesity surgery is now considered the best treatment for Type II diabetes.