Apollo Hospitals is the best bariatric surgery hospital in India having top bariatric surgeons. Bariatric surgical procedures are an option for treating severe obesity, by reducing intake or absorption of calories.
Will I have a lot of pain?
Every attempt is made to control pain after surgery to make it possible for you to move about quickly and become active. Often several drugs are used together to help manage your post-surgery pain.
How long do I have to stay in the hospital?
As long as it takes to be self-sufficient. Although it can vary, the hospital stay can be about 2-3 days after surgery.
How soon will I be able to walk?
Patients are asked to walk or stand at the bedside on the night of surgery, take several walks the next day and thereafter.
How soon can I drive?
Usually within a week time and alertly to stop your car, especially in an emergency. Usually this takes 7-14 days after surgery.
Will I be miserably hungry after weight loss surgery since I’m not eating much?
Most patients say no. In fact, for the first 4-6 weeks patients have reduced appetite. Over the next several months the appetite returns.
How long will I be off of the solid foods after surgery?
Most surgeons recommend a period of four weeks or more without solid foods after surgery. A liquid diet, followed by semi-solid foods or pureed foods, may be recommended.
Will I be able to eat “spicy” foods or seasoned foods?
Most patients are able to enjoy spices after the initial 6 months following surgery.
Can I get pregnant after weight loss surgery?
Yes you can; however it is recommended that women wait at least one year after the surgery.
Is there any difficulty in taking medications?
Most pills or capsules are small enough to pass through the new stomach pouch. Initially, your doctor may suggest that medications be taken in liquid or crushed form.
Will I get a copy of suggested eating patterns and food choices after surgery?
Surgeons provide patients with materials that clearly outline their expectations regarding diet and compliance to guidelines for the best outcome based on your surgical procedure.
Can weight loss surgery help other physical conditions? According to current research, weight loss surgery can improve or resolve associated health conditions and should be able to significantly prolong your life.
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Frequently asked question and answers
Obesity is ‘morbid’ when excessive weight causes obesity related diseases and decreases lifespan. It is defined as being 40 Kgs. above ideal body weight or having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 38 or above ( for Asians).
BMI = ___________________________________
Height (meters) X Height (meters)
In obese persons, the body mechanism controlling weight are set in a manner that they gain weight easily and by decreasing diet the excess weight is not lost.
Is Obesity Surgery for you
You qualify for weight loss surgery if
— Your BMI is 38 kg/m2 or above.
— People with a BMI ≥33 kg/m2 and 1 or more severe obesity-related co-morbidities, including Diabetes, hyper- tension, hyperlipidemia, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) or Non Alcoholic Steato Hepatitis (NASH), pseudotumor cerebri, Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), asthma, venous stasis disease, severe urinary incontinence, debilitating arthritis, or considerably impaired quality of life, may also be offered a bariatric procedure.
— People with BMI of 30-34.9 kg/m2 with diabetes or metabolic syndrome may also be offered a bariatric proce- dure Also you need to have
- Failed with other methods of weight loss
- Committed to lifelong dietary and lifestyle changes
- Understand the surgical procedures, their benefits and problems
- Willing for regular follow up
Robotic Bariatric Surgery
An Effective, Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatment
If your doctor recommends bariatric surgery, ask about minimally invasive robotic surgery. State-of-the-art da Vinci Robotic Surgery requires just a few tiny incisions and provides surgeons with enhanced vision, precision, dexter- ity and control.
da Vinci offers many potential benefits to patients considering bariatric surgery, including:
- Low rate of bleeding, leaks and other complications
- Precise and accurate stitching due to improved surgical vision
- Low conversion rate to open surgery due to advanced dexterity instruments
- Surgery easier in the super obese (BMI > 50)
Though it is often called a ‘’robot,’’ da Vinci cannot act on its own. Surgery is performed entirely by the doctor.
Together, da Vinci technology allows the doctor to perform complex procedures.
Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery
- Achieve significant and sustained weight loss.
- Weight loss starts soon after surgery and continues for two years.
- You may lose up to 80% of excess weight and maintain it.
- Improvement in weight related diseases e.g., diabetes, high blood pressure, breathing problems, sleep apnea, joint pain, reflux disease etc. mentioned above.
- Increased life span and improved quality of life, body image and self-esteem.**
Various Weight Loss Procedures
- Gastric Sleeve Resection
- Gastric Bypass Surgeries
- Gastric Band Surgery
These operations can be done by
- Open Surgery (Not done any more)
- Laparoscopic Surgery (more cases)
- Single Incision Laparoscopic (selected cases)
- Robotic Surgery (most cases)
Is Obesity Surgery For You?
How fast do I loose weight?
Usually people loose 1-2 kg per week till they reach the target weight.
Is this procedure same as liposuction or tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)?
No, this is not. Those procedures are done in normal weight and normal BMI people.
Is this plastic or cosmetic surgery?
No, this is NOT cosmetic surgery. This is done for medical reasons to increase life span and resolve associated diseases.
What are the routine tests before surgery?
Certain basic tests are done prior to surgery:
A Complete Blood Count, Blood Chemistry, a Chest X-Ray and an Electrocardiogram. Ultrasound to look for Gallstones, Pulmonary Function Testing, Echocardiogram, Sleep Studies, GI Evaluation, Cardiology Evaluation, or Psychiatric Evaluation, may be requested when indicated.
How bariatric surgery is done?
After a complete evaluation of the patient’s health condition has been carried out, the professional in anesthesiology injects general anesthesia into the individual. Bariatric surgery can be done through large cuts, or by video laparoscopy.
In this second technique, the abdominal cavity is inflated with carbon dioxide to create space. Thus, the best bariatric surgery hospital in India is able to perform the procedure with the aid of a video camera and special instruments and staplers.
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