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Lose Weight and Live Healthier with Bariatric Surgery

Eliminate what's weighing you down

By Azra Shuib | July 2nd, 2021

Obese people who cannot achieve weight loss even after exercise and diet may feel devastated with their condition. A lot of people may have had success, only to regain the excess weight in the future.

Adding on to the body image issues, obese people are also at higher risks of getting serious diseases. Hence, an intervention that is more effective than a good diet and exercise is needed. For severely obese people, weight loss surgeries can be beneficial in the long term. Not only can these surgeries help in losing weight, they also reduce the risks of conditions like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, and acid reflux.

Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is a weight-loss surgical procedure that employs particular methods to help reduce the amount of food intake a person can digest. Changes to the digestive system combined with a proper diet can lead to rapid weight loss.

Typically, Bariatric Surgery is performed when diet and exercise have not been effective or if a patient has serious health problems caused by being overweight. After the surgery, the patient must follow the provided diet guideline with a dedication to see improvements.

Some types of Bariatric Surgery include:

Sleeve Gastrectomy

In this procedure, a part of the stomach is removed and the remaining section is formed into a tubelike structure. Since the size of the stomach has become smaller, it will not hold as much food and the production of the appetite-regulating hormone ghrelin will also lessen.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass includes changes to the stomach and small intestine, which will also change the way food is digested. After the surgery, the stomach will become smaller. This aids weight loss by restricting the amount of food the stomach holds, limiting the number of calories and nutrients the system absorbs and changing the gut hormones that can help patients to feel full longer and reverse obesity-caused metabolic syndrome.

Gastric Band Surgery

This procedure involves the placement of a silicone device at the top portion of the stomach, intended to limit food consumption. Unlike other procedures, this surgery is reversible. After the surgery, it is required to follow a liquid-only diet with the gradual reintroduction of soft foods.

Gastric Balloon Treatment

This surgery involves the placement of a saline-filled silicone balloon in the stomach to limit the amount of food intake and to make patients feel full faster. The gastric balloon is not a permanent device, hence a commitment to a healthier lifestyle is needed to maintain the long-term success of the surgery.

Gastric Plication

This procedure involves creating large folds in the stomach to reduce its size. This surgery is also known as gastric imbrication and greater curvature plication.

Getting The Surgery

Depending on your condition, the surgeon may put you on a preoperative diet about 2 to 3 weeks prior to surgery. This is intended to shrink the liver and reduce fat in the abdomen, making the procedure safer.

It is advisable to wait 12 to 18 months after the procedure to get pregnant. Be reminded that birth control pills do not work as well in patients who are overweight, and may not be effective during the time when your weight is changing. For this reason, please have an IUD or use condoms and spermicide with all intercourse.

You can start exercising right after the surgery by taking it slow, such as short walks while in the hospital. As you recover, find a variety of activities that you can do and keep a regular exercising routine to burn off calories and stay healthy.

Should You Travel to Get Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric Surgery can be life-changing to many - it provides a means to sustainable weight loss and reduces health risks that come with obesity. The procedure is increasing in popularity and some other countries may offer more competitive prices on top of high-quality healthcare. Plus, being away for surgery and recovery is a good way to recharge and enjoy some privacy.

Our affiliated hospital, Hospital de la Familia in Mexicali, Mexico is renowned for its excellent healthcare and has carved a name in the medical tourism industry.

Its up-to-date medical technology and operating theaters guarantee the safest and most reliable option for surgical interventions in the city. The family hospital, unlike other hospitals, is the only hospital in North Mexico that is fully owned and operated by medical professionals.

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