What is a bariatric surgery?
Bariatric surgery comes from the Latin word ‘Baros’ which means ‘Weight’. The science that deals with problems related to excess weight is known as Bariatric Medicine and the procedures performed to treat such excess and morbid obesity are known as Bariatric Surgeries.
How does the doctor determine is I am eligible for weight loss surgery?
Body Mass Index (BMI) is used determine the eligibility for surgery. BMI determines the excess fat in relation to height of an individual. The following criteria will determine if you are a candidate for surgery:
- Individuals with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or more, with illness related to excess weight and people with BMI more than 37 are candidates for weight-loss surgery.
What are the different types of surgeries?
Gastric Sleeve Resection
Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass
Is weight loss surgery right for everyone?
No. Surgery is not the only solution for everyone. The patient has to undergo complete lifestyle, psychological and physical evaluation before the patient is found eligible for Surgery. The surgery needs determination to change one’s life issues and hence the Patient must be committed to adhere to the changes required.
Are there any risks involved in the weight loss surgery?
Since Bariatric surgery is done using the most advanced means of surgery- Laparoscopy, there is minimal risk. However, like all surgeries, there are risks that a patient’s current health condition may pose. The surgeon will explain the details of the risks if any at the time of counselling.
How much weight will I lose? Will the weight loss be quick?
The surgery is just the first step that the patient has taken to embark on the weight loss journey. The weight loss depends on the surgery type and also on the adherence to the weight loss program.
How long after surgery should I wait to conceive/ plan pregnancy?
There should be a minimum gap of 18 months between surgery and on set of pregnancy. It is advisable to discuss your plans with your surgeon and your gynaecologist.
Will my insurance cover the procedure?
In India, Weight loss surgery or Bariatric Surgeries are unfortunately not covered under Insurance.
I have decided to undergo weight-loss program. What are my next steps?
Please call our Wellness counsellor to set up an appointment. You can call on 040 30888888 or 9703500970 or mail us at
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On the day of the appointment, please carry all the recent reports that you may have. Your counselling duration will be at least 1 hour, please be prepared for the same.
How long will I have to stay in the hospital after surgery?
The stay will depend on the type of surgery. The stay in the hospitals will be between 2- 3 days.
When can I return to normal activity?
You can return to normal activity within a week after surgery. The surgeon will be able to guide you in this regard.
What are the post operative effects?
As you start losing weight, you need to take care of your skin and muscle. Hence intake of adequate protein and appropriate physical activity are required. One can expect occasional nausea in the initial stages and mild weakness and tired feeling in the first few days. This is usually due to post operative fatigue and change in diet pattern.
How long will I have to take medication post surgery?
There are some medications that are prescribed at the time of discharge to address the pain, nausea etc along with antibiotics and medications to avoid issues such as deep venous thrombosis.
Should I exercise after weight loss surgery?
Regular exercise is extremely important for maintaining your weight loss. The Wellness team and Physiotherapist will help you with the necessary exercise regime.