Lap Band Surgery – What, Who, How & Where?

Being overweight is a lot more serious threat than anticipated. It brings several other complications as add- ons. Thankfully, with the help of advanced medical approach, now losing weight is rather convenient. Adjustable gastric band is one of such weight reduction surgery methods. Let’s understand various aspects of it.

What is an adjustable lap band?

Adjustable gastric banding or simply lap band is a surgical method to achieve significant weight loss of the body by the means of making the stomach smaller. It is done by tying an inflatable band to the stomach and limiting the amount of food intake.

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Who are qualified to have it?

Just like any other surgical procedure, this weight reduction surgery technique cannot be done solely based on an individual’s or a doctor’s will. In order to qualify for undergoing this procedure, an individual must possess BMI (Body Mass Index) of 40 or more.

Though if someone is having a BMI above 30 accompanied by some obesity related health complications such as sleep apnea or osteoarthritis, then lap band technique can be executed. Several times, an individual is allowed to undergo it, only if other method of losing weight, such as diet control or exercise hasn’t yielded any desirable results.

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How is this procedure carried out?

An inflatable band is tied around the upper portion of the stomach. This band, made up of silicon, is not inflated during the surgery itself. But after a short duration, it is inflated by adding salt water. This divides the stomach into a larger bottom portion and a smaller pouch at the top. This small pouch is what stores the food as the person eats. Since the size of the stomach is reduced significantly, the individual feels full sooner than usual.

In long term, this results in much lesser consumption of food with full satisfaction (as it leads to fewer hunger pangs. And thus, the individual loses significant weight in comparably lesser time period. Moreover, with the help of a port, which is implanted just beneath the skin, the silicon band can be adjusted to make the pouch smaller or larger depending upon the needs of the individual.

This is a surgical approach in the world of bariatric surgery, in which no major or permanent change is made in the digestive system. In fact, this entire procedure can be easily reversed by removing the band.

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Where to go for the adjustable lap band method?

ILS Bariatric Care, a unit of the prestigious ILS group is entirely dedicated to help people suffering from obesity to achieve ideal body weight. It offers several bariatric surgery approaches suitable for an individual based on his needs and conditions.

Is Globalization Causing Obesity Worldwide?

We all have come across this term ‘globalization’ several times in our life. Some say it’s doing good to the world, while others argue in the against. The laparoscopic obesity surgeon says, it actually favors obesity. Let’s understand, what globalization is and how it plays a role in global obesity.

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So, what is globalization?

The intra and inter spread of technology, knowledge and capital among countries is called globalization. Almost every country is affected by culture, technologies and knowledge of other leading countries. The globalization has now extended up to health, treatment, education, fashion and even lifestyle. This global phenomenon has done both good and bad, particularly for health.

The good impacts of globalization – it has uplifted several people out of poverty by providing employment, thus reduced hunger, malnutrition and protection from infectious diseases. Overall, it has improved the quality of life.

The negative effects of globalization – the improved quality of life, access to junk food and advertisements in turn had increased the waistline of majority of people especially in the developing countries such as China and India.

The role of globalization in fattening the world

When an individual is considered, he/she gains weight mostly due to excessive consumption of fatty food and lack of physical exercise. But when we consider the big picture, the environment (especially food and activity) in which he/she lives, play an important role as well. It comprises of the following factors, primarily-

Food environment “influences what a person will eat”- what food is available at what cost, along with the how much influence has it on minds due to its marketing.

Built environment “influences how active a person will be”-the surrounding landscape, transportation and safety for carrying out physical activities.

Reach of technology “influences what choices a person will make”- the lifestyle, and its accessories such as TV, cars and home-delivery services that affect everyday activities.

Doctors who perform laparoscopic obesity surgery says, before globalization made its leap, people usually used to consume local and seasonal food and fruit, usually whole cereals and grains. After globalization, barriers between nations almost faded and several fast food companies of one nation introduced their chain of food hubs in various part of the world and comparatively at affordable price as well. These foods are usually highly processed and contains considerably more fat.

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After a few decades, the developing nations began to face another threat along with malnutrition, namely obesity. It is quite strange for both these extreme nutritional abnormalities to co-exist. In recent times, the global count of obesity is actually higher than that of malnutrition. With about one third of global population counting as either overweight or obese.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery – What, Who, How And Where?

In this slim and trim world, several times being obese is considered as a taboo. No one fancies to carry around extra weight in their belly, but sadly most of the people do very little to stop that from happening. The number of people suffering from obesity is on constant rise since 1990. Excessive consumption of fatty food and lack of physical exercise are the two prime reasons for the same.

Noticing the increasing percentage of obesity throughout the world, doctors have come up with various open and laparoscopic surgical approaches to help obese people get rid of excess fats. Out of the lot, gastric sleeve surgery is one of the most popular approaches that is recommended by the doctors.

So what is gastric sleeve method?

It is also known as vertical sleeve gastronomy. It is one of the laparoscopic obesity surgery technique to lose weight permanently. It is done by making changes in the digestive tract, namely the stomach in this case. This aims for a significant weight loss in a long run.

Who are eligible to undergo it?

This surgery cannot be solely done on a patient’s or doctor’s will. One must fulfill certain criteria to undergo it, such as:

1. The BMI (Body Mass Index) of the patient should be more than 40, or

2. The BMI of the patient should be at least 30 with one or more obesity related disorders such as diabetes mellitus type 2, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, cardiovascular diseases or high blood sugar/pressure.

Some obesity surgery doctors may also recommend it only when no other means of losing weight such as diet control or physical exercise had yield any significant result.

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How is it carried out?

This procedure is carried out by removing a large portion of stomach. Approximately 70 to 75 percent stomach is stapled along the larger curvature of the stomach, which is then cut and removed. The remaining portion of stomach is left intact, connecting to the small intestine.

How effective is VSG?

It is very effective as the smaller size of the stomach makes the individual full sooner than usual. Also the reduced stomach produces lesser hunger causing hormone ‘ghrelin’ than usual. Overall the individual craves less for the food and consumes less quantity. By following the doctor’s guidelines, this laparoscopic obesity surgery technique remains effective for a very long period of term, usually a lifetime.

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Where to go for gastric sleeve surgery?

ILS Bariatric Care offers safe and effective Gastric sleeve surgery for its patients. We, at ILS Bariatric care, prefer to carry out this surgery through laparoscopic approach, which employs special equipments and enable the doctor to perform safely through few small holes instead of a large incision. Our success rate is more than 90% and we ensure patient’s safety and satisfaction. Moreover, we are a certified experts in bariatric surgery under the accreditation of SRC, which is the world’s highest certification authority for metabolic and bariatric surgery.

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Obesity & Diabetes – How Is Obesity Interlinked To Diabetes?

There was a time when obesity was considered as an illness of aged people usually more than 50 years. Though the likelihood does elevates along with age factor, today even younger individual aging less than 30 are also becoming susceptible to it. According to doctors performing weight loss surgery in India, close association has been found between obesity and diabetes. Especially the accumulation of fat around abdominal region is known to trigger diabetes mellitus type 2.

Obesity and Diabetes

Though the exact cause for onset of diabetes is not entirely known, being obese or even overweight, significantly increases the chances of having it. An individual above ideal weight (BMI more than 30) is 80 percent more likely to get affected with it as compares to an individual with ideal body weight (BMI less than 25).

There are three ways in which obesity can trigger diabetes type 2-

1. The inflammatory response

The excessive abdominal fat leads the fat cells to secrete a chemical substance called ‘pro-inflammatory’. This causes hindrance to the body responsiveness towards the insulin produced by pancreas. With time the body loses its ability to respond to insulin, and reach to a diabetes mellitus type 2, and the stage is called ‘insulin resistance’.

2. The ER suppression

Obesity also results in stress in the cellular membrane known as ER (Endoplasmic Reticulum), which makes the ER to suppress the insulin receptor signals. Thus causing insulin resistance.

3. The metabolic function hindrance

Obesity also trigger severe changes in the metabolic function of the body. These causes the adipose tissues to release its fat content in the blood stream. This condition for a prolonged time period can induce insulin insensitivity and finally insulin resistance.

How can diabetes be prevented along with obesity?

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by consuming balanced diet and regular exercise can assure a good health and can keep obesity and diabetes at bay. But once one becomes affected with it, dieting and exercise does not remain the most feasible solution due to several factors. Weight loss surgery in India remains the most effective solution for the same.

Diabetes Treatment

It is a surgical approach by which the digestive system of the individual is altered and thus it enables him to lose significant weight loss in considerably short time period. Moreover, it also enables the individual to get rid of several associated disorders such as diabetes. A reduction of 5 percent of overall body weight leads to 50 percent lesser risk of having diabetes mellitus type 2.