Obesity is a vice that has been a source of major health issues in individuals in almost all parts of the world. Some individuals reach such points of obesity in their lives that standard weight loss procedures such as diet control and exercise prove to be futile. Such people are therefore left with no option but to opt for surgery to lose weight.

Obesity has been known to cause many health related conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, heart diseases and much more. However, if you want to opt for weight loss surgery, then you have to fulfill certain criteria to be eligible for it.

In the modern era bariatric surgery have become very common and popular among the insanely obese people who have tried all sorts of weight loss procedures and have given up. Bariatric surgery is very effective to lose weight. It imparts positive results in obese people who have not achieved success in their weight loss attempts.

Bariatric surgery involves different surgical procedures which includes:

  • i. Stomach Band Surgery also known as Laparoscopic Gastric Banding (LAGB) (Lap Band Surgery).
  • ii. Gastric Sleeve Surgery also called Sleeve Gastrectomy or Stapling of Stomach (LSG)
  • iii. Rou N Y Gastric Bypass (LRYGB)
  • iv. Mini Gastric Bypass (MGB)
  • v. Laparoscopic Gastric Plication

1) Laparoscopic Gastric Banding:

This procedure is the least invasive surgical option. This is also considered the safest option because it can be reversed. In this procedure, the surgeon places a silicon adjustable gastric band on the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch in the stomach to hold food. The band thus limits the amount of food that the stomach can hold and as a result a person feels full very soon. It is also an adjustable device that can be tightened or loosened according to patient’s requirements of weight loss process.

2) Gastric Bypass:

This is considered to be a more risky procedure as the name suggests. During the gastric bypass surgery, the stomach is divided to make a smaller pouch. Then the smaller pouch of the stomach is attached directly to a portion of the intestine which bypasses the stomach and food directly enters the first part of the small intestine. This procedure also limits the amount of food ingested and its absorption rate.

3) Sleeve Gastrectomy:

In this procedure, most of the stomach is removed leaving only a tube of stomach that is closed by staples. This surgery also limits the amount of food ingested, making you feel full sooner. However, taking out a part of the stomach may affect the hormone balance and metabolism. This type of surgery is not reversible like gastric banding. Bariatric surgery in Pakistan has picked up its trend in the past decade. Surgeons provide the best possible treatment with minimal health risks. As a result, a lot of people are opting for bariatric surgery for permanent weight loss solution. Dr. Saeed Qureshi at Contours is the pioneer of Bariatric Surgery who provides Bariatric surgery in Lahore with best treatments.