Weight Loss Surgery in Kerala is performed regularly at VPS Lakeshore Hospital by team led by Dr. R. Padmakumar. Dr. Padmakumar is hailed as the leading Obesity / Bariatric Surgeon in India and UAE. He received Indywood Medical Excellence Award in 2018 for “Professional Excellence in Obesity and Diabetes Surgery“.
What is Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric deals with Obesity. “Baro” is a Greek word which means heavy or large. Bariatric surgery is also referred to as “weight loss surgery” and is performed on people who suffer from obesity. It includes a variety of procedures, namely removing a portion of stomach (sleeve gastrectomy), removing the size of the stomach (gastric band), or re-routing the small intestine to a small stomach pouch (gastric bypass).
Bariatric Surgery (otherwise weight loss surgery) is proved effective and long term studies show that these procedures cause long term weight reduction, resolution of diabetes, improvement in cardiovascular risk factors and obstructive sleep apnea, etc.
When Weight Loss Surgery is indicated?
According to a medical guideline published by the American College of Physicians, Weight Loss Surgery or Bariatric surgery should be considered as an option for treatment in patients with BMI of 40 kg/m2 or above, who instituted and adequate exercise and diet regimen, but failed, and also in patients presenting with obesity-related comorbid conditions. Obesity-related comorbid conditions include diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), impaired glucose tolerance.
Obesity and overweight have in the last decade become a global problem and is a rising medical problem. Obesity raises concern because of its implications for the health. Obesity increases the risk of many diseases and health conditions. These include:
- Type 2 diabetes (Diabetes Mellitus)
- Coronary heart disease
- Hypertension (High blood pressure)
- Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
- Dyslipidemia (for example, high cholesterol)
- Liver and Gallbladder disease
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea and respiratory problems
- Chronic Musculoskeletal Problem
- Mental disorders
Obesity and Overweight definitely has detrimental health effects. People with BMI (Body Mass Index) exceeding the normal range has much greater risk of medical issues.
The first-line treatments of obesity and overweight include diet, excercise, behaviour therapy, and anti-obesity drugs. But for severe obesity this has limited success and success for long term is very poor. Weight loss surgery or bariatric surgery results in greater weight loss than these conventional treatments. Weight loss surgery can improve the quality of life and bring improvement in obesity related diseases (hypertension, diabetes mellitus, etc).