Bariatric Surgery

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Bariatric surgery is the collective term for various weight-loss procedures that change how your digestive system works to help you lose weight. This surgery is recommended when lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise have proved ineffective and your weight is causing serious health issues. Some techniques limit your food intake, others reduce the body’s nutrient-absorbing abilities, and some do both.

While bariatric surgery is beneficial, all weight loss procedures can pose some side effects. Therefore, you must eat healthily and exercise properly to succeed in your bariatric surgery.

Bariatric Surgery

Why it’s done

Bariatric surgery helps shed excess weight and minimizes the risk of weight-related life-threatening health issues such as:

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Sleep apnea

Who it’s for

Your physicians may recommend you to go for bariatric surgery if:

  • Your BMI is ≥ 40, termed as extreme obesity.
  • Your BMI is between 35 – 39.9, termed as obesity, and you’ve serious health issues linked with weight, for instance, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, or severe sleep apnea.

Not everyone who is overweight may qualify for bariatric surgery. To qualify for bariatric surgery, a patient must fulfill certain clinical guidelines. You may undergo intensive screening to meet the qualification. And must be willing to make permanent changes to your way of living to enjoy a healthy, happy, and fulfilled life. Moreover, you may need to attend post-surgery appointments that monitor your diet, lifestyle, and health condition.


  • Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS)
  • Gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y)
  • Sleeve gastrectomy
Preparation for Surgery

Preparation for Surgery

If you qualify for bariatric surgery, the team at Nova Bariatrics will instruct and prepare you for the type of surgery you’ll undergo. You may need to conduct several exams and laboratory tests before the procedure begins. You may be restricted on your diet, liquid intake, and medications.

It’s also wise to plan for post-surgery recovery, for example, getting someone at home to help you with basic chores.

What You Can Expect

During bariatric surgery, the patient is administered general anesthesia, which means they are unconscious and unaware of the surgery. The surgery specification depends on each patient’s condition, the weight-loss surgery type, and the surgeon’s practice.

Several hours are required for the surgery, and you’ll wake up in a recovery room where the medical staff will monitor you for any possible complications. Depending on the type of procedure, your doctor may advise you to stay at the hospital for a few days.

Surgery Results

Bariatric surgeries are a long-term solution to weight loss, and the amount of weight reduced depends on the surgery type and alterations to your lifestyle. With these procedures, you may lose half or more of extra weight in a two-year period.

Other than weight loss, gastric bypass surgery can help treat many health conditions related to excessive weight, such as:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • High blood pressure
  • GERD
  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis

If you wish to lose weight and lead a happy and healthy life, schedule a consultation with our Bariatric surgeon Dr. Alibhai.

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