Weight Loss Surgery

Obesity is a growing concern. Recent statistics show that 30% of Americans meet the criteria for obesity and in the Mideast, rates for morbid obesity are even higher. By medical standards, obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of over 30 kg/m2. While lifestyle modification remains the cornerstone for treatment, surgical options are becoming more popular.

 

LAP-BAND SURGERY


One of the surgical treatments for obesity is called gastric banding, commonly known as lap-band surgery. Lap Band Surgery is commonly available in Thailand.lap band surgery

GASTRIC BYPASS


Gastric bypass and other weight-loss surgeries make changes to your digestive system to help you lose weight by limiting how much you can eat or by reducing the absorption of nutrients, or both. Gastric bypass and other weight-loss surgeries are done when diet and exercise haven’t worked or when you have serious health problems because of your weight.Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

LAP-BAND SURGERY


Obesity is a growing concern. Recent statistics show that 30% of Americans meet the criteria for obesity and in the Mideast, rates for morbid obesity are even higher. By medical standards, obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of over 30 kg/m2. While lifestyle modification remains the cornerstone for treatment, surgical options are becoming more popular.

 

One of the surgical treatments for obesity is called gastric banding, commonly known as lap-band surgery. Lap Band Surgery is commonly available in Thailand.

lap band surgery

GASTRIC SLEEVE


astric sleeve surgery works by removing a large portion of the stomach, leaving a banana-shaped “sleeve” that connects the esophagus to the small intestines.

 

Unlike the more invasive gastric bypass and duodenal switch, gastric sleeve surgery does not rearrange the digestive system. This results in a lower complication rate, fewer malabsorption problems and a quicker recovery.

GASTRIC SLEEVE

LAPROSCOPIC LAP-BAND SURGERY (KEYHOLE SURGERY)


From WebMD: Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is a surgical procedure that involves the placement of an adjustable belt around the upper portion of the stomach using a laparascope. The band is made of silicone and can be tightened by adding saline to fill the band (like blowing air into a doughnut-shaped balloon). The band is connected to a port that is placed under the skin in the abdomen. This port is used to introduce or remove saline into the band. LAGB ultimately restricts the size of the stomach and the amount of food it can hold. It also slows the passage of food to the intestine. By doing so, signals to the brain from the gut allow for a sensation of fullness and satiety with the consumption of less food. This signal is sent from a small pouch created by the band in the upper stomach. When the pouch fills, the same signal is sent to the brain that occurred previously when the entire stomach filled. The procedure is only used for the severely overweight and is not without significant risks.

Weight Loss Surgery in Thailand: 10 Things You Need To Know

weight loss surgery in Thailand

First Things First, What are we talking about?

1. What is Morbid Obesity?

"Obesity is, pardon the pun, a growing epidemic."
Worldwide, the percentage of adults who are morbidly obese has skyrocketed over the past 30 years and there appears to be little evidence that this trend is slowing.  In fact, worldwide, the rate of childhood obesity is growing so fast and that it is the primary reason that experts believe that today's generation may actually have a lower life expectancy that their parents.

Morbid Obesity Defined
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) define morbid obesity as: Being 100 pounds or more above your ideal body weight. Or, having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater. Or, having a BMI of 35 or greater and one or more co-morbid conditions present.
What are those co-morbid conditions?

  • Central Obesity
  • Hypertriglyceridemia
  • Low HDL
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Elevated Fasting Blood Sugar

2. Why is Morbid Obesity such a bad thing?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed as morbidly obese, you already know what the health ramifications are should you or they fail to lose substantial amounts of weight.  In short, a person diagnosed with morbid obesity can expect much greater risk of the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Cancer (some types)
  • Gall Bladder Disease
  • GERD
  • Gout
  • Heart Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Incontinence
  • Infertility
  • Kidney Failure
  • Pancreatitis
  • Sleep disorders
  • Stroke

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