Weight Loss With Surgery | Bariatric Surgery in Bahrain
Weight Loss With Surgery | Bariatric Surgery in Bahrain
Apr 14, 2022

Weight Loss With Surgery | Bariatric Surgery in Bahrain

Bariatric surgery is becoming increasingly popular as a weight loss solution, especially in Bahrain. If you're considering surgery to help you lose weight, it's essential to understand how various procedures work and the potential risks and complications.

In this blog post, we'll give you an overview of bariatric surgery in Bahrain, including the most common types of procedures and what you can expect during and after surgery.

What is bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery is any surgery that helps you lose weight by changing your digestive system. The types of bariatric surgery are:

  • Gastric bypass
  • Sleeve gastrectomy
  • Adjustable gastric banding
  • Single Anastomosis Duodeno-Ileal Bypass with Sleeve Gastrectomy (SADI-S)
  • Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS)

It is usually recommended for people who are obese and have not been able to lose weight and have a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or higher or a BMI of 35 or higher with another obesity-related condition.

Conditions that might require bariatric surgery;

1. Morbid obesity – This is when someone’s body mass index (BMI) is over 40, and they are at high risk for health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and certain types of cancer.

2. Severe obesity is when someone’s BMI is over 35 and experiencing health problems related to their weight.

3. Obesity that has not responded to traditional weight loss methods – People who have tried to lose weight through diet and exercise, but have not had any success, may be good candidates for bariatric surgery.

4. Obesity that is causing physical and emotional distress – If someone is struggling with their weight and impacting their quality of life, bariatric surgery may be the best option.

5. Obesity that puts the person’s health at risk – If someone’s weight puts them in danger of developing severe health problems, surgery may be the best way to prevent this.

The logic behind bariatric surgery is that it can help you lose weight by restricting the amount of food you can eat and limiting the absorption of nutrients from food. Bariatric surgery can help you lose weight quickly and safely, and it may also improve your health in the long term.

Let's take a look at how each surgery works.

Types of bariatric surgery

Gastric Bypass

There are two types of gastric bypass surgery: Roux-en-Y and mini-gastric bypass. Roux-en-Y is the most common type of surgery. It's done by making a small stomach pouch and connecting it directly to the small intestine. This bypasses the rest of the stomach and the upper part of the small intestine.

Mini gastric bypass is a newer type of surgery. It's done by making a small stomach pouch and then connecting it to the lower part of the small intestine. This bypasses the rest of the stomach and the upper part of the small intestine.

Both types of surgery are done using a laparoscope, a thin tube with a camera. This allows the surgeon to see inside the abdomen.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

A sleeve gastrectomy is a weight-loss surgery that involves removing a large portion of the stomach. This surgery makes the stomach smaller and helps patients feel full faster, eat less, and lose weight.

The surgery is usually done laparoscopically, which means that the surgeon makes small incisions in the abdomen and inserts a tiny camera and surgical instruments through these incisions. The stomach is then divided into a small upper section and a larger lower section. The upper section of the stomach is removed, and the remaining stomach is formed into a tube or “sleeve.” This smaller stomach can hold about one-third of the food before surgery.

Most patients who have sleeve gastrectomy surgery lose about 60% of their excess body weight within the first year after surgery. The weight loss usually slows down after that, but many patients continue to lose some weight for up to 5 years.

Adjustable Gastric Banding

Adjustable gastric banding is a surgical weight-loss procedure that involves placing a band around the stomach to create a small pouch at the top of the stomach. This reduces the amount of food eaten and helps people feel full sooner. The band is adjustable, so it can be loosened or tightened over time to help people lose weight at a healthy pace.

The surgery is usually performed using general anesthesia to be asleep during the procedure. The surgeon will make a small incision in the abdomen and insert the band around the stomach. Once the band is in place, the surgeon will close the incision with stitches.

The type of bariatric surgery suitable for you depends on your situation. Your doctor will consider factors such as your age, weight, health, and eating habits when making a recommendation.

Single Anastomosis Duodeno-Ileal Bypass with Sleeve Gastrectomy (SADI-S)

Single anastomosis duodeno-ileal bypass with sleeve gastrectomy (SADI-S) is a weight loss surgery that combines gastric sleeve surgery and intestinal bypass surgery. The stomach is reduced by removing a large portion of the stomach using surgery (sleeve gastrectomy).

The small intestine is then re-routed past the stomach and attached to the lower part of the intestine (ileum), bypassing the majority of the small intestine (duodenum). This surgery is also known as a duodenal switch.

Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS)

It is also called sleeve gastrectomy with a duodenal switch. This surgery is done by first removing the stomach to create a small "sleeve." The rest of the stomach is then disconnected from the small intestine.

During surgery, the surgeon removes a large part of your stomach. This leaves a small tube-shaped stomach, about the size and shape. The small intestine is then divided into two parts. One part is connected to the new smaller stomach. The other part is brought up and reconnected to the first part of the small intestine, bypassing the rest of the small intestine. This part of the surgery is called a "duodenal switch."

After surgery, food will no longer go through the part of the small intestine that was bypassed. This means that you will absorb fewer calories and nutrients from food.

Preparing for bariatric surgery

The best way to prepare for bariatric surgery is to be as healthy as possible before the procedure. This means eating a nutritious diet, getting regular exercise, and managing any health conditions you have.

It's also important to mentally prepare for the surgery and the lifestyle changes that will come with it. This means getting rid of any unhealthy habits, such as smoking or overeating, and learning to make healthy choices.

There are a few tests that are required before undergoing bariatric surgery. The first is a psychological evaluation to make sure you are mentally prepared for the surgery and its changes to your life. You will also need to have a complete physical exam to ensure healthy enough for surgery like through an Oligo scan.

Depending on your insurance coverage, you may also need to have a sleep study, as sleep apnea is common in those who are obese. Lastly, you will need to meet with the bariatric surgeon to discuss the surgery and your expectations.

What to expect during bariatric surgery?

Most bariatric surgery procedures are done laparoscopically, meaning that surgeons make small incisions in the abdomen and use a camera to guide their movements. This approach results in less pain and a quicker recovery. You may be given general or spinal anesthesia, putting you to sleep during the surgery.

How fast are weight loss results after bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery is not a quick fix for weight loss. It is a severe operation that should only be considered after losing weight through diet and exercise. Most bariatric surgery people lose between 50% and 80% of their excess weight in the first two years after surgery.

After bariatric surgery

After bariatric surgery, your body will require less food to feel satisfied. You will also need to make sure you get enough nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to stay healthy. To do this, you will need to:

  • Eat smaller meals more often
  • Choose nutrient-dense foods
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Avoid sugary drinks and alcohol
  • Take your vitamins and minerals as prescribed

Most people lose weight quickly after bariatric surgery. You will likely lose the most weight in the first few months. After that, you should continue to lose weight at a slower pace. If you do not lose weight after surgery, talk to your doctor.

To help you keep the weight off long-term, you will need to make lifelong changes to your diet and lifestyle like exercise and eating healthy.

RHWC: Your partner with Bariatric surgery in Bahrain

If you are considering bariatric surgery, RHWC is the best hospital for the procedure in Bahrain. We have highly experienced surgeons and a world-class facility that will ensure your safety and provide you with the best possible outcome. They will work with you to create a personalized plan that meets your needs and helps you reach your weight loss goals.

With their experience and expertise in bariatric surgery, you can feel confident that you are in good hands at RHWC.

Book a consultation today to learn more about our bariatric surgery program or other medical services.