Bariatric Surgery in Thailand | Gastric Sleeve
Bariatric surgery in Thailand or Malaysia including Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve, are the most popular
and successful procedures.
Having either of these procedures is a way to lose weight for people who are severely obese and cannot
lose weight by diet or lifestyle changes or are at risk of serious obesity-related health problems.
There are various options to promote weight loss and also reduce the risk of many chronic diseases. This includes type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
There may also be many other improvements including:
- Safer deliveries and pregnancies for mothers.
- Improvement to sleep for people suffering from sleep apnea.
- Improvement of the outcome of knee replacement and other joint surgery.
- Males may experience an increase in testosterone levels.
- Reduced risk of some cancers.
- Reduced risk of chronic kidney disease.
When you are considering Bariatric surgery in Thailand or Malaysia, you will need to discuss the various options with a health care provider to see whether you are a suitable candidate and also to decide which procedure will be the most suitable for you.
You should also be aware that the success of Bariatric Surgery depends on what you do in the months and years after the surgery. Following the dietary guidelines and necessary lifestyle changes are essential to a successful long-term outcome.
These are a permanent procedure, usually resulting in significant weight loss during the first year especially the first 3 months. Weight loss may then level off over the next year.
Whichever procedure you have, you will be given information about preparing for the surgery and also information about your diet. And recover in the days, weeks and months immediately following the surgery. This will be designed to suit your individual needs and will be covered in detail during your follow up consultations.
Brief information about procedure options:
Bariatric Surgery in Thailand | Gastric Sleeve (Sleeve Gastrectomy).
A shorter operation than Bypass surgery. Gastric Sleeve has become one of the most popular options for patients
. This is a straightforward procedure that does not involve
disruption to the digestive tract resulting in excellent weight loss. In addition this procedure does not require long term maintenance or result in many complications. Gastric Sleeve surgery surgery may also include reduced hunger due to hormone reduction after removal of
a portion of the stomach. This procedure is a good choice for patients with moderate to severe obesity.
A moderately invasive laparoscopic procedure which is non-reversible.
Rapid weight loss during the first 3 months levelling off during the next 1 to 2 years.
Normal risks of bleeding or blood clots associated with any surgery.
Complications do not occur very often but the most common complication after gastric sleeve surgery is a staple line leak. This can occur during or soon after surgery. In detail, this situation is usually able to be repaired without complications. But, if leaks go unnoticed you will start to experience symptoms. Should this happen you will be required to contact your doctor. You will be given full information about these symptoms plus diet and lifestyle changes. If you have any issues, you can discuss with your doctor during your follow up consultations.
Recovery from gastric sleeve surgery is different for each patient. For some, it is painful and others are up and around almost straight after surgery.
You would normally stay in the hospital for one to three nights depending on your condition and also by your surgeon’s preference.
After leaving the hospital, you will need to carefully follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding food and vitamin and mineral supplements.
You’ll also have medical check-ups to monitor your health in the first several months after weight-loss surgery.
Most people will return to full strength in 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. Also, returning to work will depend on your job. But you should plan to have a minimum of 2 weeks off work. Longer if your job includes heavy lifting.
Bariatric Surgery in Thailand | Gastric Bypass Surgery (Roux-en-Y laparoscopic bypass)
Gastric bypass involves bypassing part of the stomach and also bypassing part of the small intestine. Food will pass into a very small stomach pouch and then straight into the small intestine. This surgery is usually considered more suitable for patients with severe obesity issues.
The main difference from Gastric Sleeve surgery is that gastric bypasses part of the digestive tract whereas sleeve gastrectomy doesn’t. This surgery is not only very popular, but it is one of the most common types of bariatric surgery for the treatment of patients with severe obesity.
Invasive, usually laparoscopic procedure, involving multiple areas of the abdomen. Changes normal processes of digestion. Reversible.
The best-known procedure for initial weight loss and also long-term weight loss.
- Normal risks of bleeding or blood clots associated with any surgery.
- Dumping – This is a term used to describe a condition which results in undigested food spilling over into the small intestine causing common gastric bypass side effects such as nausea, diarrhoea, or abdominal cramps.
- Hypoglycemia – when blood glucose levels become unbalanced
- Nutritional Deficiencies
- Gall Stones
- There are also other less common side effects.
Recovery time is similar to Gastric Sleeve Surgery. You would stay in Hospital for two to five nights depending on your condition and your surgeon’s preference.
Most people return to full strength 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. Recovery time will be longer if you have open surgery.
Returning to work will depend on your job, but you should plan a minimum of 2 weeks off work. Longer if your job includes heavy lifting.
After leaving hospital you will need to carefully follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding food and vitamin and mineral supplements. You’ll also have medical check-ups to monitor your health in the first several months after weight-loss surgery.
You may need laboratory testing, bloodwork and various exams.
Bariatric Surgery in Thailand | Gastric Band (Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band)
Doctors do this surgery to make the stomach smaller and to help people lose weight.
The surgery limits the amount of food passing into the stomach.
Compared to Gastric Sleeve or Bypass Surgery, this surgical procedure is simple.
After the Band is in place there will be an access port to enable the band to be adjusted. During surgery, the band is not inflated so you will need return once you have recovered so the band can be inflated. This is usually done approximately 4 from the date of your surgery.
A minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure which is reversible.
Weight loss is variable and depends on regular adjustments to the Band.
- Normal risks of bleeding or blood clots associated with any surgery.
- Blockage – when food blocks the opening from the upper to lower part of the stomach
- Band slippage
- Band adjustment problems – The band can be too tight or not tight enough.
Recovery time is faster than the other procedures. You would normally stay in the hospital for one to two nights depending on your condition and your surgeon’s preference.
Most people will return to full strength 2 to 6 weeks after surgery. At this time you will also need to return to have your band adjusted.
Returning to work will depend on your job but you should plan to have a minimum of 2 weeks off work. Longer if your job includes heavy lifting.
After leaving the hospital, you will need to carefully follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding food and vitamin as well as mineral supplements. You will also have to come for medical check-ups to monitor your health in the first several months after weight-loss surgery.
The above descriptions are brief. So, if you are considering having Bariatric surgery in Thailand or Malaysia, it is important to choose an experienced surgeon who specializes in Bariatric Surgery. The surgeons we are working with our specialists and have had many years’ experience with all Bariatric Surgery procedures.