Bariatric Stomach Surgery

Bariatric Stomach Surgery

The term “bariatric stomach surgery” is used to describe the surgical procedures that are used to treat obesity and promote weight loss. There are often times when surgery is the only option after all other alternatives methods have been tried for people that are morbidly obese; surgery is needed as a medical necessity. There are different types of surgical procedure that are used to help in weight loss and these can by banded into two categories; restrictive and malabsorptive.

Restrictive surgery is used as a way to make the stomach smaller and restrict the amount of food that can be consumed before the patient feels full. This is done through the use of an adjustable gastric band or staples.

Malabsorptive surgery has the same aim of reducing the size of the stomach but is carried out in a different way which, unlike restrictive surgery is permanent. Malabsorptive bariatric stomach surgery is general done with a gastric bypass which works to separate the top of the stomach from the bottom and uses only a section of the small intestine.

The malabsorptive method has a longer, proven history of success and is seen as the best option for dramatic weight loss, it is also seen as the most risky when compared to gastric band surgery.

Visiting a surgeon for consultancy

Bariatric stomach surgery is a big step and, like and other kind of surgery, carries risk of complication and side effects. It is important to know exactly what is involved in any type of bariatric stomach surgery and how the change will affect lifestyle and diet afterwards.

Anyone that is considering stomach surgery should first arrange to see a GP. The GP will be able to discuss the alternatives to surgery and if necessary refer you to a surgeon for a consultancy. Arranging a consultancy is just as important as the surgical procedure, it will give you an understanding of what is involved and allow you to build up a relationship and trust with the person that is performing the surgery.

The surgeon will be able to discuss in detail the different surgery options and work along with you to decide what the best course of action is. The consultancy will also be a chance to discuss any questions and queries you may have and to put any fears to rest.

Undergoing surgery

Every form of bariatric stomach surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic which will mean you are asleep throughout the operation and will feel no pain whatsoever during it. Before surgery commences a nurse may take a blood pressure reading and a urine sample to make sure that you are ok to undergo the operation. Most of the bariatric operations today are done using keyhole surgery, there are some that are carried out with a larger incision but those operations are reserved for patients that have undergone previous abdominal surgeries. The use of keyhole surgery also known as laparoscopic surgery has lowered risks and has also improved healing.