Bariatric surgery refers to weight loss surgery performed on individuals that have not been able to lose weight through traditional forms like, dieting, exercise, and other non-surgical weight loss efforts.
Common bariatric(weight loss or obesity) surgery procedures in USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Belgium, Jordan & India are:
Lap(Laparoscopic) Gastric Bypass
This is the most popular weight loss surgery in the USA. If accompanied with ongoing behavior changes, it can provide long-term, consistent weight loss.
In lap gastric bypass, the surgeon staples the stomach across the top, sealing it off from the rest of the stomach’s part. The resulting pouch can hold only about an ounce of food. Then the surgeon cuts the small intestine and sews part of it directly onto the pouch.
This connection redirects the food, bypassing most of the stomach and the first section of the small intestine. Food enters directly into the second section of the small intestine, limiting the individual’s ability to absorb calories.
Laparoscopic Gastric Banding (Lap Band)
Lap-band is a very popular surgical procedure for weight loss. To date, approximately 300,000 lap Band procedures have been performed in the USA since its approval by FDA in 2001.
The Lap Band operation results in creation of a small about 15cc small pouch in the upper part of the stomach, without stapling, thus limiting food intake. This helps the patient gradually lose weight until they reach their goals. Mexico is a very popular destination for lap band obesity procedure for the people in Canada & the USA.
Gastric Sleeve Surgery
In the gastric sleeve surgery the surgeon removes approximately 80 percent of the stomach with laparoscope so that the stomach takes the shape of a tube (sleeve).
This procedure is usually performed on super obese or high risk patients with the intention of performing another bariatric surgery at a later time. Most patients can expect to lose 30 to 50% of their excess body weight over a 6 – 12 month period with the gastric sleeve surgery.
India is a popular destination for weight loss surgery patients from all parts of the world. High rates of obesity in the middle east has made Jordan a popular destination for Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Dubai, Iraq, Yemen & other middle & west asian countries. Belgium is popular with Europeans, especially British. Mexico & Costa Rica are favorite destination for people considering weight loss (bariatric) surgery in USA & Canada.