Obesity is a health hazard. Body Mass Index (BMI) or 37.5kg/m2 or more indicates obesity—a condition that is risk factor to various life threatening diseases like:
- High Blood Pressure (hypertension)
- Heart Disease
- Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
- Heartburn or Acid Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Cancer (in women: endometrial, gallbladder, cervical and uterine; in men: colorectal and prostate)
Studies show that the risk of death from these conditions drops significantly after weight loss.
In addition, obesity contributes to numerous other medical conditions, including:
- Osteoarthritis and Gout
- Gallbladder Disease and Gallstones
- High-Risk Pregnancy
- Hypoventilation (Breathing Disorders)
- Psychological Disorders/Social Impairments
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Low Back Pain
- Degenerative Disc Disease
Six months after surgery for obesity, patients often find they no longer need medications for many of these conditions. Also, many women struggling with infertility before surgery find that conception is possible after weight loss.
Bariatric surgery is a major operation and should be considered only after non surgical weight-loss methods have failed. If you’re considering weight-loss surgery, you must make a serious, lifelong commitment to lifestyle changes.
Our program follows the WHO guidelines for Asian patients for selection. These guidelines have also been endorsed by the Ministry of Health, Government of India. If you have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 37.5 kg/m2 or more, or a BMI of 32 kg/m2 or more with illness related to excess weight, and have not been able to sustain weight loss through diet and exercise, you probably are a candidate for weight-loss surgery.
If you do not meet these guidelines, or we find that you are not eligible for surgery for health reasons, don’t despair. Through our intensive non-surgical weight management program, we can help you lose weight by helping you change your eating habits, modify your behaviour and increase your physical activity.
The procedure is performed laparoscopically or robotically with 5-6 small skin incisions ranging from 5 mm-12 mm with the patient being under general anaesthesia. The procedure usually takes anywhere between 3-5 hours on an average and the patient is hospitalised on average for 3 days and discharged on day 4 if the surgery is uneventful.
Our multidisciplinary team of bariatric experts will see you through the entire process. We will make certain that you are prepared for surgery, both physically and psychologically, and we will provide the most advanced and current procedures that are right for you. After surgery, we will assist you in committing to the lifestyle changes that will assure optimal success.
Many obesity related health conditions may be improved or resolved completely following a gastric bypass surgery. These include Type II Diabetes Mellitus, High Blood Pressure/Heart Disease, Osteoarthritis of weight bearing joints, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Infertility in women, Stress Urinary Incontinence, etc. The lifestyle of these morbidly obese patients improves significantly, especially in social/economic opportunities and physical functioning and appearance.