Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker, Bariatric & Laparoscopic Surgeon
Bariatric surgery is a valid treatment option for the disease that is obesity. As I practice bariatric surgery in Mumbai, I get a lot of enquiries where people want to know if bariatric surgery would be the right option for them to lose weight. Sometimes, even people who don’t have much weight to lose, want to know if bariatric surgery could be a weight loss option for them.
Bariatric surgery is a valid treatment option for those who are suffering from “clinically severe obesity”. It is important to understand the definition of “clinically severe obesity”. Currently, obesity is classified as per the Body Mass Index.
Classification of obesity (For Asians)
|BMI (Kg/m2)||Classification for Asians|
|18.5 – 23.5||Normal weight|
|23.5 – 27.5||Overweight|
|27.5 – 32.5||Class 1 obesity|
|32.5 – 37.5||Class 2 obesity|
|37.5 and above||Class 3 obesity|
You can calculate your BMI by this simple formula- (weight in kg)/(height in m2)
Asia Pacific guidelines from the International Federation for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery (IFSO-APC) for bariatric surgery/metabolic surgery were published in 2011 and are as under:
IFSO APC Consensus Guidelines for Bariatric Surgery/Metabolic Surgery 2011:
In simple words, if your weight is about 40 to 45 kg above your ideal body weight then you are a suitable candidate for bariatric surgery. Patients who are 30 to 35 kg above their ideal body weight but have 2 or more associated diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, PCOD, sleep apnoea, high cholesterol etc, can also be recommended to undergo bariatric surgery.
Last but not the least, guidelines are only to suggest recommendations and they are not rules set in stone. Ultimately, the doctor you visit, will evaluate and assess your clinical condition and advise the best possible treatment option to you.
If your weight is increasing continuously and has started affecting your quality of life, it is best to see a qualified weight loss specialist or a bariatric surgery team for the right advice.
About Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker
Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker is an accomplished Best Bariatric Surgeon in Mumbai and Laparoscopic Surgeon. She is very renowned and is extremely passionate about her field of specialization.
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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