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So, you have decided that you need weight loss surgery – now what? We know you have so many questions like what kind of bariatric surgery will be better for your condition or what potential complications may follow post-bariatric surgery.

As with any surgical procedure, bariatric surgery also tends to involve risks, sometimes short-term and sometimes long-term. Short-term complications may include blood clots, infection, excessive bleeding, leaks in your gastrointestinal system, lung or breathing problems, etc. whereas long-term complications may include bowel obstruction, dumping syndrome causing diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, gallstones, hernias, low blood sugar, malnutrition, stomach perforation, ulcers, etc. These complications or risks and side effects tend to vary in frequency and severity by the bariatric procedure but the statistical risk is very low

There are three main types of bariatric procedures divided into resectional procedures like the Gastric Sleeve, and Diversional like Gastric Bypass, and SIPS Bariatric Surgery. Of course, you have to talk to a doctor to figure out which procedure is best for your specific case. In the meantime, you can learn here some of the common criteria for each type of surgery.

Gastric Sleeve

The sleeve gastrectomy transforms the stomach into a long, narrow tube that looks like the shape of a banana or shirt’s sleeve. During this surgery, about 70-80 % of the existing stomach is removed leaving a portion of the stomach. The aim is that the patients become full much faster. The hormone level in the body related to feeling hungry and full is also altered following this operation. It contributes to weight loss. The average patient who undergoes a sleeve gastrectomy tends to lose 50-70% of their excess body weight.

Gastric sleeve surgery is now the most commonly performed operation for obesity worldwide as this procedure is perceived to have fewer long-term risks and side effects.

Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass is a common type of weight loss surgery. This procedure transforms the stomach into a small pouch, reducing the amount of food patients consume. It also reroutes the intestines to create malabsorption, where fewer calories are absorbed from foods than normal. This bariatric surgery causes patients to lose up to 85% or even more of their excess body weight. Those who have diabetes and/ or severe gastroesophageal reflux disease are usually recommended gastric bypass surgery.

SIPS Bariatric Surgery

Essentially, the goals of bariatric surgery are twofold. One is to restrict the amount of food consumption and the other is to reduce the amounts of nutrients you absorb. SIPS procedure which is also known as SADI -S (Single anastomosis Duodeno- ileal Bypass with Sleeve gastrectomy) accomplishes both of these goals. This procedure resembles the standard duodenal switch very closely, but unlike the standard procedure, it transects the intestine at only one point. This procedure preserves the pylorus, which is the opening from the stomach into the duodenum, and the nerves that control the stomach. The stomach is reduced to a much smaller shape but functions essentially like a normal stomach. Best patient quality of Life indexes have been reported in literature.

The Best Bariatric Care in Perth WA

At Perth Surgical & Bariatrics Centre, Dr. Ravi Rao and his team offer some of the best bariatric care in Perth, WA. Their team is ready to make you as comfortable as possible during your recovery from your surgery. If you are interested in bariatric surgery and want to know more, contact one of the expert bariatric surgeon to find out if this surgery is right for you.