Bariatric Surgery (weight loss surgery) is a laparoscopic surgical procedure cause weight loss by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold, causing malabsorption of nutrients and also often cause hormonal changes.
When dieting and exercise fails and your own weight becomes a hazard to your health, weight loss surgery is your best hope.
Weight loss surgery is considered a treatment option in the following cases, even under medical supervision if the patient has been unable to achieve a healthy body weight over a long period of time.
- Patients between the ages of 18-65 years
- If the patient has a body mass index (BMI) of over 37.5 kg.m2
- If the patient has a BMI of more than 32.5 kg/m2 who have associated serious weight-related problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis or heart disease.
Weight loss is achieved by reducing the size of the stomach with a gastric band or through removal of a portion of the stomach (Sleeve gastrectomy) or resecting and re-routing the small intestine to a small stomach pouch (gastric bypass surgery).