Obesity treatment overseas features sleeve gastrectomy and gastric balloon
Most likely, you know that bariatrics is a medical specialty linked to prevention and treatment of obesity with weight loss being its primary purpose. Bariatric surgery changes the shape of your stomach to make your body consume less food.
It is estimated that more than 97 million Americans are overweight (46 million women and 51 million men). Meanwhile, in the UK there are about 15 million people diagnosed with obesity. On top of that, according to Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 120 million Chinese aged under 18 need to lose weight.
Bariatric surgery targets obesity can be caused by:
- genes (your body is programmed to calorie intake/consumption similar to that of your parent/s)
- family lifestyle (lack of movement, TV evenings, fast food “diet”)
- emotions (eating to fight stress)
- age (with years people gain more fat and lose muscle weight)
After assessing your body mass index (BMI) and qualifying you as a candidate for weight loss surgery, hospitals can offer you:
- vertical banded gastroplasty
- gastric bypass surgery
- sleeve gastrectomy
- adjusted gastric band
- gastric balloon
- implantable gastric stimulation
After the surgery, be prepared to strictly observe much healthier diet than before and exercise well. If you follow your surgeon's advice, you can easily lose around 60% of your excess weight in 2 years.
5 questions to ask your bariatric surgeon during your first appointment at an overseas clinic:
- What type of treatment would you recommend trying first?
- What is your experience/education in treating obese patients?
- What are causes of my health problem?
- What medicines will you be using to treat obesity?
- How will my follow-up care look like?