Frequently asked questions about Bariatric Surgery

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Bariatric surgery or obesity surgery is the branch of surgery dedicated to the treatment of obesity, performing anatomical changes in the digestive tract that allow a decrease in the intake of the amount of food, lack or loss of appetite, even alteration absorption thereof.

Previously it was considered that only patients who had a greater than 40 kg/m2 or above body mass index (BMI) of 35 kg/m2 with any disease associated with obesity, diabetes or hypertension type were candidates. Currently, these concepts are changing, becoming obese patient candidate anyone who has tried for more than a year of steadily lose weight without results, or the gain of increase the weight is constant over the years.

No, bariatric surgery is not considered as aesthetics. It is a functional surgery, improving health and quality of life of patients, sometimes secondary to weight loss, gain grants as improving the physical appearance, confidence and perception of self.

All invasive procedure in the human body carries risks. Such procedures are no exception. However, with new technologies, for both patient monitoring and imaging technology, electro-surgery, close cutting instruments, etc. The procedure is becoming safer and faster.

Yes, general anesthesia for proper monitoring of all vital functions of the patient is necessary.

The operating room time is approximately 45 minutes to just over an hour depending on patient characteristics.

The hospital stay is two days. Enter the scheduled day of surgery in the morning, it is registered in the hospital lobby, after this, preoperative tests are performed and are valued. If no contraindication goes to the operating room. After the procedure, the remainder of the day, and the next full day is dedicated to recovery, leaving the hospital in the morning in most cases.

The recovery during the hospital stay is two days, after it averaged a week at home with relative rest and after it is free to do their daily activities, as long as taking care of the heavy lifting or straining involving the abdomen, to avoid problems with wound healing.

Yes. In fact, it is very important mobilization after bariatric surgical procedure. There are given 2 or 3 hours of rest after the procedure, and once completed the time and the anesthetic effect has passed, it is necessary mobilization out of bed. With this greatly improved after surgery hassles.

You will get many benefits. Some will be aesthetic but above all will have a higher quality and lifestyle. Some specific benefits depend greatly on the patient and the negative aspects related to the obesity problem, such as if the patient has diabetes there is a very high probability that the patient stop completely drugs, that controls glucose are normal without the need for medication, so it is with hypertension, and other obesity-related diseases.

Subsequent hair loss surgery is due to the lack or decreased protein intake. If hair loss have recovered to normal in an average of 3 to 4 months.

The first month after surgery there is a rapid weight loss due to the drastic change of lifestyle. Once the diet has been standardized weight loss is constant at an average of three to four kilograms per month, losing more than 60 – 70% of excess weight in a year.

Most procedures take a restrictive component, ie, it is less than the amount of food that can be eaten, having the feeling of fullness and satisfaction much faster.

Yes. It is important to have the support of someone prepared and has the experience of dealing with patients after bariatric surgery since the end who sets the tone or the way you eat and what to eat is the same patient.