What is Bariatric Surgery?
The term bariatric surgery is used to describe a general category of procedures which include a variety of weight-loss surgeries. Bariatric surgery effectively helps obese people lose weight either by reducing the volume of the stomach via gastric band, removing of a portion of the stomach, or re-routing the small intestine to a small stomach pouch.
By reducing the volume of the stomach or bypassing it altogether, bariatric surgery physically limits the amount of nutrients that the patient can absorb, effectively leading to weight loss. Bariatric surgery can also help reduce the risk of other health problems such as type II diabetes and atherosclerosis. The preparation involved in bariatric surgery can even detect pre-existing conditions in their early stages, and potentially save the patient’s life.
- Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
- Laparoscopic Duodenal Switch