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Bariatric and Weight loss
Bariatric surgery is a term collectively known for gastric bypass and other weight-loss surgeries. It’s performed when patients have failed to achieve results for weight loss with diet and exercise. Bariatric surgery makes changes in the digestive system to help lose weight. This type of surgery is performed when obesity takes a severe turn.
A bariatric surgeon performs surgery to either make your stomach smaller to facilitate eating and drinking less at a time or may change your small intestine. Obesity is having a body-mass index equal to or greater than 30.
In 2019, 38 million children were overweight or obese who were under the age of 5. Other statistics state that over 340 million adolescents and children are overweight between age 5-19 years.
As per the IFSO Worldwide Survey, in 2016 634,897 bariatric surgeries were performed worldwide. At this rate, it would take another 43 years to operate on the current pool of potential patients. Talking about adults, 13% of adults worldwide are obese.
Some of the complications involved are
- Heart disease and strokes.
- Certain cancers.
- Type 2 diabetes.
- Digestive problems.
- Sleep apnea.
- Gynecological and sexual problems.