What Exactly is Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric surgery is the next progression for people who are severely obese and have a disease linked with obesity, who stayed obese after trying all the methods for weight-loss other than surgery. Bariatric surgery causes weight loss by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold. Most weight loss surgeries today are performed using minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopic surgery. The most common bariatric surgery procedures in Singapore are gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric band, and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. Each surgery has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Bariatric Surgery Benefits
Bariatric surgery when combined with a comprehensive treatment plan, act as an effective tool to provide you with long term weight-loss and help you increase your quality of health. Bariatric surgery in Singapore helps improve and resolve many obesity-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and more. Frequently, individuals who improve their weight find themselves taking less and less medications to treat their obesity-related conditions.
Bariatric Surgery Gets a Bad Rap
As with any major surgery, bariatric surgery and other weight-loss surgeries pose potential health risks, both in the short term and long term. Risks associated with the surgical procedure can include excessive bleeding, infection, adverse reactions to anesthesia. Longer term risks and complications of weight-loss surgery vary depending on the type of surgery. They can include bowel obstruction, malnutrition, hernias etc.
What is the Point of Bariatric Surgery?
Gastric bypass surgery is done to help you lose excess weight and reduce your risk of potentially life-threatening weight-related health problems, including gastroesophageal reflux disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke etc.
Bariatric surgery in Singapore and other weight-loss surgeries are typically done only after you’ve tried to lose weight by improving your diet and exercise habits.
Who is it for?
In general, bariatric surgery procedures in Singapore could be an option for you if your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or higher. Your BMI is 35 to 39.9 obesity, and you have a serious weight-related health problem, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or severe sleep apnea.
But bariatric surgery is not for everyone who is severely overweight. You may need to meet certain medical guidelines to qualify for weight-loss surgery. You likely will have an extensive screening process to see if you qualify. You must also be willing to make permanent changes to lead a healthier lifestyle. You may be required to participate in long-term follow-up plans that include monitoring your nutrition, your lifestyle and behaviour, and your medical conditions
The Emotional Rollercoaster
After bariatric surgery procedures in Singapore, you generally will not be allowed to eat for one to two days so that your stomach and digestive system can heal. Then, you’ll follow a specific diet for about 12 weeks. The diet begins with liquids only, then progresses to ground-up or soft foods, and finally to regular foods. You may have many restrictions or limits on how much and what you can eat and drink.
You’ll also have frequent medical check-ups with G&L Surgical to monitor your health in the first several months after weight-loss surgery. You may experience changes as your body reacts to the rapid weight loss in the first three to six months after gastric bypass or other weight-loss surgery, including body aches, feeling tired, mood changes etc.
How Do I Get Started?
Head down to G&L Surgical clinic for a consultation with Dr Ganesh Ramalingam. If you qualify for bariatric surgery, the health care team at G&L Surgical would give you instructions on how to prepare for your specific type of surgery. You may need to have various lab tests and exams before surgery. You may have restrictions on eating and drinking and which medications you can take. You may be required to start a physical activity program and to stop any tobacco use. You may also need to prepare by planning ahead for your recovery after surgery.
The 5 Commandments for Bariatric Success
- 1. Eat no more than three meals a day. Learn to listen to your hunger cues and not the clock. Learn to read the food triggers that govern your impulses.
- 2. Eat protein first every meal – Protein best meets the nutritional requirements of the body, but perhaps even more important to remember is that the solid consistence of most protein will stay in the pouch longer resulting in less food consumed. It is important to remember that you must stop eating before you feel full as you manage your post-bariatric surgery diet.
- 3. Drink plain water, 2 litres a day.
- 4. Exercise Regularly. As you progress with your post-bariatric surgery diet, consistent exercise is what will help you lose more weight and keep it off and live a healthier life.
- 5. No Snacking. Snacking is one of the biggest enemies of your post-bariatric surgery diet.
Bariatric surgery is a life-changing process. The surgery is a tool to help you lose weight. Once the weight comes off, it’s up to you to implement lifestyle changes that last. As you lose weight exercise becomes easier. The knowledge you’ve gained during your nutrition consults becomes invaluable. The team of professionals at your bariatric program become indispensable. Use this tool to take the hardest first few steps for you. Implement what you’ve learned, lean on the resources that you’ve gained. The next steps are up to you.
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