Whenever you decide to go in for any surgery, it is important to know everything related to that procedure. Often, we turn to the internet for information. However, the internet is more likely to confuse us than provide any information. Hence, as medical practitioners and specialists I think it is our duty to provide the right information to you. The topic of this blog is, “5 things that you may not know about bariatric surgery”. I have listed 5 such points below:
Bariatric surgery is not a magical cure for obesity and related diseases like diabetes etc. Bariatric surgery leads to massive weight loss over a period of 1 year. However, to maintain this weight loss, it is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet. Patients who embrace lifestyle modification after bariatric surgery tend to do much better than those who don’t.
There are many types of bariatric surgeries that are performed across the world. However, the International Federation for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery (IFSO) recognizes only 5 procedures as standard bariatric procedures- Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic Roux-en y gastric bypass, laparoscopic single anastomosis gastric bypass (or mini gastric bypass) & laparoscopic duodenal switch.
Bariatric surgery leads to improvement in all obesity related co-morbidities especially type 2 diabetes. The predictors for improvement in type 2 diabetes after bariatric surgery are- age of the patient, BMI of the patient, C-peptide levels, duration of diabetes and insulin use.
All bariatric procedures require life-long follow up with the bariatric surgeon and the nutritionist.
Bariatric surgery is as safe as any other laparoscopic surgery. The overall complication rate is less than 1% and is less than other laparoscopic surgeries such as cancer surgeries and cardiac surgeries.
Bariatric Surgery/Obesity Surgery/ Weight Loss Surgery in india Patients Before After Photos
Mansi considered bariatric/ weight loss surgery as she was suffering from grade III obesity with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 47.5 Kg/m2. At 121.7 Kg she was not able to exercise much due to severe knee pain. She would feel breathless on exertion. Her sonography revealed grade II fatty liver. She underwent a Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy on 14th of November 2018. She knew that bariatric surgery was not a shortcut to weight loss, and worked very hard on changing her lifestyle post surgery. She exercises for 2-3 hours daily and follows a great diet regime. She has an amazing will power as she was able to accomplish her goal of climbing more than 3000 steps at Palitana just after 2 months post surgery. She lost 35.7 Kg in 6 months, we salute her grit and determination!
Priti was 104 kg and suffered from high cholesterol, knee & back pain. She also had grade II fatty liver. She underwent a Bariatric/weight loss surgery in the form of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy on 22nd of December 2018. In the last 7 months her weight has come down to 73 Kgs. Her cholesterol levels and knee pain are under control and fatty liver has resolved. She is extremely happy with the way she looks & feels now and loves getting all the "likes" and admiration on her pictures posted on social media. Her weight loss journey will continue and she will lose more weight in the coming months.
When she came to us, she was suffering from diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, severe sleep apnoea and gout. She had already undergone a total knee replacement and was advised to use Bi-pap on a regular basis. Losing weight had become crucial and critical. She underwent a Bariatric/Weight loss surgery in the form of Laparoscopic Roux En Y Gastric Bypass on 24th of January 2018 and lost 47 kgs in 1 Year. Her present weight is 60 Kg, she is off Bi-pap machine, diabetes free and came down to 2 medicines from 4 for control of high blood pressure. She feels much more independent, is able to do all her household chores and religiously goes for a brisk walk daily for an hour. She is the lifeline of her family and loves her new self.
Dr. Bhatt is a practising medical oncologist in Pune. He struggled with obesity for many years. At 140 kgs, he decided to undergo a Laparoscopic Banded Roux en Y Gastric Bypass in Feb 2017. He has lost 55 kgs. Dr. Bhatt has adopted diet and lifestyle modification as a way of life and is seen in the gym every evening despite his busy schedule. He has become a fitness role model for everyone around him and that includes his patients. One of the most inspiring journeys.
About Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker
Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker is an accomplished Bariatric Surgeon and Laparoscopic Surgeon. She is very renowned and is extremely passionate about her field of specialization.
Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker is an accomplished Bariatric Surgeon and Laparoscopic GI Surgeon. Extremely passionate about her field of specialization. She completed her MBBS and MS in General Surgery in 2006, from Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS), Sewagram. Set up in 1967 by none other than the first health minister of India, Ms. Sushila Nayar, MGIMS is deeply rooted in Gandhian ethics. Read more