Obesity itself is a cause of several diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, obstructive sleep apnea, and chronic musculoskeletal problems.
Careful planning of surgery is tailored based on age and medical condition of the patient. Surgical procedures are performed laparoscopically and consist of restrictive (sleeve gastrectomy) and malabsorptive (gastrojejunal bypass) techniques. Patient benefits from faster recovery, lesser post-operative pain, and minimal post-surgical complications.
In American standard measurements, BMI is calculated as
- 5 to 24.9 healthy weight
- 25 to 29.9 overweight
- 30 to 34.9 obese
- 35 to 39.9 severely obese
- 40 to 49.9 Morbid Obesity
Candidates for bariatric surgery
For patients with over 40 BMI that fail to lose weight with other methods, surgical procedures are applied. Before surgical operation, patient is evaluated by a multidisciplinary team of endocrinologist, surgeon, internal medicine, psychiatrist and dietician and joint decision is made on appropriate surgical method applied.
Especially, patients between 18 and 60 years of age may undergo this operation. There are several conditions for patients to undergo operation
- Having body mass index over 40 or having body mass index between 35 and 40 and suffering from diseases linked to obesity.
- Suffering from an incurable obesity for at least 5 years.
- No change in the course of the disease as a result of drug treatment and dieting.
- Not suffering from endocrine diseases.
- Not suffering from alcohol or drug addiction.
- Complete perception and adaptability and being coordinative with obesity team in the post-operative period.
- Not having a condition that prevents the surgical operation.