What is Bariatric Surgery? Why Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric surgery is a series of procedures that aid in weight loss by putting a restriction on the quantity of food the stomach can hold. It is a surgical intervention for obesity. This type of surgery has been proven to be more effective than lifestyle, dietary and medical interventions in the management of obesity. It involves changes made to different parts of the gastrointestinal (digestive) tract to bring about weight loss.
WHO SHOULD UNDERGO BARIATRIC SURGERY?
Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30, and it is usually linked with co-occurring conditions that lower life expectancy (lifespan). Bariatric surgery is usually medically recommended for patients with a BMI of more than 37.5 and who don’t suffer from any other co-occurring conditions. It is also advised for patients with a BMI over 32.5 and who suffer from associated disorders such as diabetes, high blood pressure, hyperlipidaemia and obstructive sleep apnoea.
HOW DO WE KNOW IF OUR BODY IS OVERWEIGHT?
In order to know if your body is overweight, you need to calculate your body mass index also known as BMI.
Body Mass Index (BMI) : It is a value derived from the mass (weight) and height of an individual. It is the body mass divided by the square of the body height and is universally expressed in units of kg/m2, resulting from the mass in kilograms and height in metres
What is Bariatric Surgery?