BARIATRIC SURGERY | WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY DUBAI

BARIATRIC & OBESITY CLINIC

Discover how our bariatric and obesity clinic can help patients struggling with obesity to achieve weight loss and enhance quality of life, longevity and reduce risks associated with obesity. Our weight loss surgery specialists in Dubai are ready to help.

WHAT IS
BARIATRIC SURGERY?

Bariatric surgery is used as an umbrella term to cover a range of surgeries that are aimed at helping the patient achieve weight loss. This is why they are also referred to as weight loss surgery, it can refer to a gastric bypass surgery, a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, biliopancreatic diversion, biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch and adjustable gastric band. According to the American National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases, the most common types of operations in bariatric surgery are the gastric sleeve, the gastric bypass and the adjustable gastric band.

Calculating Body Mass Index:

A Body Mass Index or BMI is a calculation of how overweight or underweight a person is using the height and weight. The calculation basically divides an adult's weight in kilograms by their height in metres squared, so when you BMI is 20, this means that the calculation is 20 kilograms per square metre.

Generally for most healthy adults, a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered healthy, however BMI calculated solely from the height and weight of a patient is not the most accurate means of assessing the degree of obesity in a person, this is because there are many factors that can disturb the measure, for example because muscle is much denser than fat, athletes or weight lifting enthusiasts can be classed as obese even though their weight is healthy.

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One of the best ways to assess your health is to discern the body fat percentage and the amount of visceral fat, particularly in areas that represent increased risk factors to your long term health, such as in the trunk or around the waist.

Learn more about each type of bariatric surgery:

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Gastric Sleeve Bariatric Surgery

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In this type of surgery, also known as a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, bariatric surgery is used to remove most of the stomach, which leaves only a smaller portion which looks like a banana that is closed with the use of staples.

The effect of this surgery is to bring down the amount of food that can fit in the stomach, which makes the patient feel fuller much sooner than normal. The removal of part of the stomach can also affect the hormones and bacteria in the gastrointestinal system that affects the appetite and metabolism. It is important to note that this type of surgery is irreversible and cannot be reversed, the removal of the portion of the stomach is permanent.

Pros

  • Greater weight loss than gastric band
  • No changes to intestines
  • No foreign objects placed in body
  • Short hospital stay

Cons

  • Cannot be reversed
  • Risk of vitamin and iron deficiency
  • Higher risk of surgery-complications than gastric band
  • Risk of acid reflux and hiatal hernia

Gastric Bypass Bariatric Surgery

This type of surgery is sometimes known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, it is effectively carried out in three steps. In the initial stage the stomach is stapled to create a small pouch in the upper part, which helps to make the stomach smaller and reduce the volume of food eaten to feel full.

In the next stage of the process, the small intestine is divided into two parts and the lower part is attached directly to the small stomach pouch. This means that food will effectively bypass most of the stomach and upper intestine, effectively reducing the body's chance to absorb large amounts of calories.

The surgeon then reconnects the upper part of the small intestine to a new location farther down on the lower part of the small intestine. This allows digestive juices in the stomach to flow from the bypassed part of the small intestine to the lower part of the small intestine, so that food can be fully digested.

The bypass changes hormones, bacteria, and other substances in the gastrointestinal tract that may affect appetite and metabolism. Gastric bypass is difficult to reverse, although a surgeon may do it if medically necessary.

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Pros

  • Greater weight loss than gastric band
  • No foreign objects placed in body

Cons

  • Difficult to reverse
  • Higher chance of vitamin and iron shortage than gastric band or gastric sleeve
  • Higher chance of surgery-related problems than gastric band
  • May increase risk of alcohol use disorder

Adjustable Gastric Band Bariatric Surgery

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In this type of surgery, a ring with an inflatable band is placed through bariatric surgery around the top of the stomach to create a small pouch. This has a similar effect as the other two surgery types in that the patient will feel fuller after eating a reduced amount of food.

This type of band has a circular balloon inside it that is often filled with a saline solution, The inner band has a circular balloon inside that is filled with saline solution. The surgeon can adjust the inner band to resize the opening from the pouch to the rest of your stomach by injecting or removing the saline solution through a small device, called a port, that is placed under your skin.

After surgery, you will need several follow-up visits to adjust the size of the band opening. If the band causes problems or is not helping you lose enough weight, the surgeon may remove it.

Today, adjustable gastric band surgery is less commonly performed, compared with the gastric sleeve or gastric bypass, because it is associated with more complications, predominantly the need for band removal due to intolerance. Gastric band surgery also typically results in significantly less weight loss and is associated with more complications, predominately the need for band removal due to intolerance.

Pros

  • Can be adjusted and reversed
  • Short hospital stay and low risk of initial surgery-related problems
  • No changes to intestines
  • Lowest risk of vitamin shortage

Cons

  • Less weight loss than other types of weight-loss surgery
  • Frequent follow-up visits to adjust band; some people may not adapt to band
  • Possible future surgery to remove or replace all or part of the band system.

The Bariatric Surgery options offered at the Valiant Clinic & Hospital

At Valiant Clinic & Hospital, we approach bariatric surgery from a comprehensive multidisciplinary perspective to combat diseases like obesity, diabetes, hypertension Sleep Apnea, high cholesterol and relevant comorbidities.

Our program encompasses non-surgical options along with emotional counselling before the patient decides to go in for the bariatric surgical treatment. Our bariatric surgery clinic adheres to the highest safety standards. We also stay abreast of the latest technologies and methodologies in bariatric surgery.

At Valiant Clinic and Hospital, the patients who decide to go in for the bariatric surgery are entrusted under a dedicated counsellor, a 24-hour medical information hotline, and are provided support for minimum six months after the surgical procedure.

  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • Laparoscopic Mini Gastric Bypass

  • Laparoscopic Duodenal Switch

  • Laparoscopic Revision Bariatric Surgery Procedures

  • Laparoscopic Surgery for Reflux Post Bariatric Surgery

  • Advance Endoscopic Procedures Including Balloon Dilatation and as:

    • Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty
    • Endoscopic Gastric balloon

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