“I lost 50 kilos in a year with my gastric band. I no longer have diabetes nor take regular medication. My whole life has changed. Now, I feel different. I am happy, my family and friends can give a credit to that!”
Testimonials like this are more and more frequently heard around and this shows a change in people’s consideration of obesity and its treatment: bariatric surgery.
Gastric band in Spain is one of the most demanded bariatric surgery at Vithas Xanit International Hospital.
Addressing obesity means considering, first of all, that it is a severe pathology which affects about 2.100 million persons worldwide.
Training and informative programs for the general public provided by Health Authorities and healthcare staff play a fundamental part in fighting obesity. Anyone can easily determine whether they are overweighed, suffer from obesity or from morbid obesity by using a simple formula which calculates the “Body Mass Index” (BMI). Normal values range from 18 to 25 and are defined when the body mass in kilograms is divided by the square of the body height in meters (Calculate your BMI).
Who is a candidate for bariatric surgery?
When this index is over 30 (obesity) and, all the more, when it is over 40 (morbid obesity), health is highly at risk. Patients with these rates can be treated with new surgical techniques like, for example, the bariatric surgery.
Bariatric surgery is the safest technique used to lose weight when body mass index is over 40. It has become increasingly popular during the past years because it is a simple laparoscopic surgery which reduces the usually very high surgical risk entailed for obese patients.
Bariatric surgery – gastric band
The Gastric Band technique is a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery performed through very small incisions using a camera. This very safe and efficient technique leaves minimal scars and patient recovery is quicker.
This simple and safe laparoscopic technique only requires a one night hospital stay.
Another technique called the laparoscopic gastric plication is also available. This is a very novel surgical technique used in weight loss treatments that is revolutionizing bariatric surgery. It has become a quite attractive surgery for patients since it entails no cuts on the stomach or on the intestine. It is safer and no clamps or other prostheses are needed.
Bariatric surgery – postoperative
When these techniques are performed, post surgery recovery is almost immediate and patients can usually go back to work 4 to 5 days after, provided they restrain from physical efforts.
Patients choosing to undergo these surgical techniques will need to be assessed by a specialist in endocrinology. They will also be supported by their general practitioner or specialist in nutrition since it usually is a turning point in their life: eating habits will need be changed and a daily 45 minute sporting activity will be included in their ordinary life… to prevent any future relapse.
Obesity rates in Spain are now higher than the European average since one in every six adults is obese, and one in two is overweighed, which means half the Spanish population suffers from a weight related pathology.
The Vithas Xanit International Hospital multidisciplinary team is highly specialized in Digestive Surgery. These experts work hand in hand with the Endocrinology and the Nutrition Departments to provide the best results and the maximum guarantees to all their patients.