Bariatric Surgery Guidelines and Recommendations

11 November, 2022

Obesity; Although it causes many health problems due to its negative effects on body systems and psychosocial status, it is the main risk factor for many chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

The relationship between obesity and various diseases is known, and its effect on increasing morbidity and mortality has been demonstrated. Being overweight is responsible for more than 1 million deaths and 12 million life years spent sick each year in the European Region.

Obesity; is treated with two methods medical and surgical. Medical treatment includes diet-behavior modification, regular physical activity, drugs and hormones. Obesity, which cannot be prevented by medical treatment alone, has brought the birth of bariatric surgery.

Associating the process only with obesity is also not correct in some respects. A person may need bariatric surgery not only because he is obese, but also due to different diseases or disorders. In these and similar cases, the opinion of the doctor is very important.

Medical guidelines

Although operations in bariatric surgery can be a solution to overweight or obesity, not every patient may be a suitable candidate for these processes. There must be some indications. The first country to offer the aforementioned indications globally was the USA. The institution, known as the US National Institutes of Health, explained these criteria generally based on the body mass index. According to these criteria announced by the NIH in 1991, a person’s body mass index should be >40 kg/m2. If the body mass index is >35 kg/m2 but there are some health problems (diabetes, depressive disorder, etc.), this procedure can be performed with the approval of the doctor.

How do I qualify for weight loss surgery?

Turkish Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism, the indications of bariatric surgery; BMI>40 kg/m2 or BMI>35 kg/m2 and obesity-related comorbidities (type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, severe hypertension, etc.), failure to control weight with medical treatment and lifestyle changes, and non-surgical methods It has been determined that it has been applied before but has failed.

So what does this mean in a nutshell?

If you meet the above conditions and have sufficient awareness of the conditions you need to know, you can be a candidate for bariatric surgery processes with the approval of your doctor.

How to know if you’re ready for surgery

After your doctor gives you the full process information about the surgery, he will explain what you need to do and pay attention to until the surgery. In this process, you can prepare yourself for surgery by listening to your doctor.

What should I do in the postoperative period?

Your doctor will explain to you in general terms what should be done after the surgery. But you should not expect the feeding processes to be the same as before. Although the operation you have undergone is safe and will make you very happy in the long run. You may have to face some things with patience in the short term. Depending on the content of your surgery, what you need to do may change periodically. But in general, you need to adapt to the nutrition program prepared by your doctor. Most of the time, it will be to your advantage to support this process with exercises.

As ClinicHub, we are proud to be with our patients during all these bariatric surgery processes. We are happy when we touch their lives and strive to eliminate the things that make them unhappy in their lives in the healthiest and safest ways. We provide close controls before, during and after the surgery and prevent any problems from occurring. If you want to get information about bariatric surgeries, you can contact ClinicHub.

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