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Weight-Loss Surgery: Quick Facts and FAQ’s

Weight loss surgery quick facts and FAQ
July 30, 2018

Bariatric Surgery — commonly referred to as weight-loss surgery — is becoming more and more prevalent with each passing day as young obese individuals are finding it tough to resist the prejudices of society against ‘fat people’. Doctor Sanjay Borude, consultant Bariatric surgeon at SL Raheja Hospital in Mumbai, who initially used to get 1 such ‘patient’ in 3 months, states that now he operates on an average of 3 patients a day. Given below are a few things about the surgery that you should know if you are also considering one:

How much weight can you lose after Bariatric surgery?

Patients have seen a reduction of 20-25 kg of excess weight right after the surgery and sometimes in the month following it.

When and where was the first Bariatric surgery carried out?

The first ever weight-loss surgery happened accidentally in USA in the year 1952. However, it came to India between somewhere between the years 1999 and 2000.

Who benefits the most from this surgery?

Various studies have concluded the fact that patients suffering from diabetes and hypertension witness a noticeable reduction.

Can anyone undergo a Bariatric surgery?

No. There are certain Age and Body Mass Index (BMI) requirements that each patient has to meet prior to a surgery. Moreover, additional consultation and care is needed if a patient is already suffering from a serious condition.

What are the Age and BMI requirements?

While male patients have to be at least 17 years old, females, in India, should be a minimum of 11 years. As far as the upper age limit is concerned, both the genders can get themselves operated until the age of 70. Interestingly, this figure can be even higher with healthy people having a higher life expectancy.

As per Dr Jaydep Palep, Head of Department of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery in Mumbai, “Anybody who has a BMI of more than 37.5 kg/square meter, or a BMI of more than 32 kg/square meter with 1 obesity-related illness is a candidate for weight loss surgery. Certain severe uncontrolled Type II Diabetics with a BMI of more than 27.5 kg/square meter are also candidates for surgery as per the latest IDF (International Diabetes Federation) guidelines”.

What symptoms can one feel post-surgery?

Constant Constipation, loss of appetite, and even a constantly running stomach are a few of the symptoms that almost each patient will experience post surgery. Thus, a bariatric surgery patient has to keep consulting the doctor every month, and after six months there is a post-operative check every three months to keep a check on their nutritional level.


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