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Bariatric surgery, the ultimate method for combating obesity

August 3, 2022Technology

Obesity is a chronic, complex and multi-factorial disease that is often accompanied by other associated co-morbidities that limit and worsen quality and life expectancy such as: hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnoea syndrome, osteoarticular problems, higher cancer rate, etc.

There are many “conservative” pharmacological, dietary and endoscopic treatments that in many cases do not work in the long term and usually have a “rebound effect” of renewed weight gain. Bariatric surgery has become the ultimate treatment for obese patients and is the only proven method that guarantees excellent long‑term weight loss results.

Bariatric surgery, also known as metabolic and weight loss surgery, consists of a stomach reduction and the most commonly used techniques are gastric sleeve and gastric bypass.

Nowadays bariatric surgery is a safe and effective technique that is performed by laparoscopy (minimally invasive surgery) through five small orifices that barely leave visible scars and with a hospital stay of just 48 hours. Compared to other non-surgical techniques, these are the main benefits of weight loss surgery:

 

The importance of multidisciplinary monitoring

Weight loss surgery is life-changing for patients and studies show that a multidisciplinary approach is essential for better long-term outcomes. Before choosing who should perform the operation, an important factor to consider is the choice of a multidisciplinary team made up of surgeons, endocrinologists, nutritionists and psychologists with experience in obesity.

 

Who is a candidate for bariatric surgery?

The most important factor is the degree of obesity that is calculated using the Body Mass Index (BMI). Candidates for weight loss surgery are people between the ages of 16 and 70 who meet the following inclusion criteria:

 

Ultimately, if you are obese and have failed other treatments, you should consider seeing a surgeon who specializes in bariatric surgery. Most bariatric patients experience a dramatic change of life on a physical as well as a psychological level, prompting them to ask themselves: why didn’t I have surgery before?

Dr. Manuel Prados Guzmán

Head of Service and Surgeon in the
Surgery Unit at Barcelona Hospital
Universitario Dexeus Quironsalud

Unidad Cirugía Barcelona

ASSSA Health Insurance
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