December has arrived, which means that Christmas is approaching fast. This year’s holidays are going to be particularly enjoyable because you can forget the discomfort caused by overeating and post-Christmas extra pounds. How is this possible? It is actually very simple: bariatric surgery helps limit the quantity of food consumed, the stomach is filled quickly and the brain receives a signal about the feeling of fullness. Et voila!
Dr Martin Adamson, a specialist in many fields and a member of The Health Clinic’s surgical team, has extensive experience in bariatric surgery and abdominal wall reconstruction. “The surgery is very simple: a part of the stomach is removed, thanks to which the remaining part is considerably smaller,” explains Dr Adamson. “This reduces appetite and the quantity of the food consumed. Consequently, the amount of calories consumed becomes smaller, which will decrease body weight.” He stresses that to maintain the stability of the body weight, patients also need to change their lifestyle, which must be expressed in systematic and more informed nutrition and a moderate increase in physical activity. “Helping an obese patient requires teamwork. One surgery may not be enough and therefore I suggest that you check who belongs to the bariatric team when choosing a clinic and how thorough their patient follow-up calendar is.”
Dr Adamson also stresses that since the part of the year where excessive eating becomes more topical is approaching, people should book an appointment with a bariatric surgeon to take a decisive step towards dealing with their weight problem. “This will make your Christmas healthier and you are more likely to achieve your new years’ resolutions. Bariatric surgery is a unique investment because it allows you to buy both health and time”.
What is bariatric surgery?
Bariatric surgery is an umbrella term used to describe the different procedures that can be used to combat obesity and excessive body weight. The experience to date shows that patients who have undergone bariatric surgery are likely to lose 50-70% of their excessive body weight in the two years following the procedure.
How does it work? The result is achieved by smaller food portions and a change in the work of the hormones that control appetite. Consequently, it will be easier for you to make the right, considerably healthier diet choices.
Types of weight loss surgery
The following are packages that make the whole procedure as convenient as possible. The packages include pre-op and post-op checks, consultation, tests and analyses, the surgery itself, a hospital bed and a nutrition and action plan for the future.
NB! The nature of the procedures varies, so make sure to read up on them before consulting your surgeon.
- Gastric balloon
- Gastric band
- Gastric plication
- Sleeve gastrectomy
- Gastric bypass surgery
- Mini-bypass surgery
3 reasons to choose bariatric surgery
- Your food preferences and eating behaviour, incl. your general attitude towards yourself and your surroundings, will drastically change for the better.
- Thanks to the changed food preferences and general attitude, your weight will reduce, curing a number of diseases and conditions that are associated with obesity (e.g. type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and sleep apnoea).
- As a result of the previous two points, your general well-being and self-image will improve, you will achieve good physical form and likely extend your life span.
There are some known conditions in the case of which bariatric surgery is contraindicated. We hereby point out seven. If you have been diagnosed with something from this list, make sure to consult your doctor.
- Mental disorders;
- Liver cirrhosis;
- Crohn’s disease;
- Hormone therapy;
- Chronic pancreatitis;
- Other coexisting diseases.
If you want to discuss bariatric surgery, do not hesitate to contact us.