VIJAYAWADA: Looking for a way to lose those extra pounds? Tried dieting and exercise but have failed several times? Then you need to look at a more serious option. It is a simple and minimally invasive procedure that will transform you completely and boost your self-esteem and confidence level. It is a boon for people struggling with the bulge. It is Bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery.
Bariatric surgery involves reducing the size of the stomach or removing a portion of the stomach by resecting and re-routing the small intestines to a small stomach pouch. This surgery has been endorsed by medical associations across the world as the best option currently available for morbidly obese people.
People who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) above 40 are considered morbidly obese and have a greater risk of developing obesity related complications. As per the recent guidelines of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS), anyone with a BMI over 30 with co morbidities like diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, fatty liver, arthritis and polycystic ovarian disease can go for Bariatric surgery. Body Mass Index (BMI) is measured by weight in kilograms divided by height in metres square. The success of Bariatric surgery depends entirely on the skill, experience and knowledge of the operating surgeon. There are very few professionally trained, academically qualified and experienced Bariatric surgeons in India.
(The author is internationally acclaimed in the field of Bariatric surgery with more than 15 years of experience.)
Improvements in pre-existing medical conditions related to obesity
Prevention of obesity-related diseases
Extended life span