Weight Reduction Surgery (Bariatric)

Weight Loss Surgery

Sometimes, being obese can lead to serious health challenges. Persons who are 100 or more pounds over their supposed body weight are more likely to have medical challenges. These include diabetes, heart disease, joint problems, sleep apnea and liver disease.

Weight reduction surgery (also known as bariatric surgery) can help very overweight persons who have tried but failed to lose weight and face serious health challenges. The two major types of surgery for weight loss are gastric sleeve and gastric bypass.

What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery for weight loss?

Gastric sleeve (also referred to as sleeve gastrectomy) is the most popular weight loss procedure. With this operation, the surgeon takes away part of the stomach and makes a tube or "sleeve" out of the rest of the stomach. The new, banana-shape like stomach is smaller than the original stomach.

After the operation, the person will eat less food, feel full quickly and be less hungry. Part of the stomach that is taken out produces hormones that increase appetite and helps control insulin. So, the person's appetite reduces and insulin resistance improves after gastric sleeve surgery.

What is Gastric Bypass Surgery for weight loss?

In a gastric bypass (also referred to as "Roux-en-Y" gastric bypass), a surgeon makes a small pouch at the top of the stomach. This pouch will become the new stomach. Surgeons then connect the pouch to the middle part of the small intestine, bypassing the upper part of the small intestine.

At the end of the surgery, the stomach pouch retains a lot less food than a normal size of the stomach. The person will consume less food, feel full quickly and be less hungry. And fewer calories and nutrients are absorbed due to the fact that small intestine is shorter.

People who undergo gastric bypass tend to lose more weight than people who get the gastric sleeve. However, the gastric bypass procedure is irreversible.

What is Intragastric Balloon Placement for weight Loss?

A gastric balloon, also called as an intragastric balloon (IGB) is an inflatable medical device that is temporarily placed into the stomach of the patient to help reduce weight in due course. As with other procedures it has been designed to help provide weight loss when diet and exercise have failed and surgery is not a choice or recommended for the patient.

Most balloons require endoscopy for placement. They are usually placed between 6-12 months as the case may be. The balloon is then removed using endoscopy. This procedure is complemented with counseling and nutritional advice.

Endoscopic placement of the balloon is temporary and reversible and does not require any surgical incisions.

Weight loss surgery cost in Nigeria?

Weight loss surgery costs dpends upon various factors like;

1. Type of surgery choosen

2. Age and weight of the patient

3. Location and choice of the Hospital

4. Experience of Surgeon

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How much is weight loss surgery in Nigeria?

This varies from hospital to hospital, surgeon’s qualification & experience and type of surgery chosen.

2. Where can I get a gastric bypass in Nigeria?

The weight loss surgery in Lagos and Abuja is available at our partner hospitals. Surjen healthcare offers you an array of the best and experienced team of Surgeons both Locally and internationally in the top hospitals across Nigeria for a top tier healthcare experience.

3. How much does it cost to lose weight in surgery?

As stated above it depends upon various factors like patient’s weight, age and the hospital chosen.

4. What are the best surgeries to lose weight?

Gastric sleeve surgery, Gastric bypass and Intragastric balloon are the best surgeries to lose weight.

5. Which weight-loss surgery loses most weight?

It depends upon the patient’s commitment to the diet and lifestyle changes post-surgery; however gastric bypass is considered to lose weight faster than others.

6. What are the Gastric Bypass Surgery Side Effects?

Like any other operation, weight reduction surgery has risks associated with it. The weight loss surgery should only be chosen if the health benefits outweigh the risks.

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