Obesity contributes to numerous and varied comorbid conditions. Complications can occur in many organ systems, ranging from cardiovascular to respiratory to orthopedic and even ophthalmologic.
Overweight and obesity are known risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and other breathing problems, and some cancers. In addition, obesity is associated with pregnancy complications, high blood cholesterol, menstrual irregularities, hirsutism (excessive hair growth), stress incontinence, psychological disorders, and increased surgical risk.
In other words, obesity is a disease that profoundly affects both physical and emotional health. For many obese individuals, efforts to lose weight have failed time and again. Even in optimal circumstances, those on traditional weight-loss programs typically lose only a small portion of their excess weight and often regain these pounds and add more. Clearly for some, a different approach is warranted.
Through extensive evaluation and consultation, the Bariatric and Metabolic Department team will help you determine if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery.
- Consultation with our Bariatric Team
- Consultation with our Internist
- Blood Test (CBC, electrolytes, Vit D3 B12 B6, Glycemia, Cholesterol, TG, thyroid hormones)
- Chest Ray
- Gastroscopy (with HP research)
- Abdomen Ultrasound
- Nutritional assessment
- Psychological assessment
- Cardiology assessment (if needed)
- Sleep study (if needed)
Gastric bypass is one of the most common forms of weight loss surgery. However, as it is surgically heavier than the sleeve gastrectomy, it is being dethroned by the sleeve in the US, France, and South America.
Patients who are planning to undergo such surgeries should plan ahead major changes in their lifestyle towards healthy approaches to ensure that weight loss is safe and successful.
In some cases, a sleeve doesn’t lead to the expected results for a certain number reasons, either because the removed part of the stomach was insufficient or because the remaining part has dilated.
The sleeve gastrectomy restricts the amount of food you eat by reducing the size of the stomach. The minimally invasive procedure removes a portion of the stomach, making it roughly the size and shape of a banana.