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    The different types of bariatric surgery

    Obesity is an incurable disease but can be treated. Sometimes surgery is necessary to resolve the overweight problem. This is called bariatric surgery or obesity surgery.

    If diets and other weight treatments have failed and you still need to lose a lot of weight for medical reasons, obesity surgery may be a good treatment option. Obesity surgery is the right choice if the risks of the surgery are lower than the health risks associated with long-term obesity.

    There are several surgical techniques in the treatment of obesity to help you lose weight.

    We distinguish three types of obesity surgeries

    These surgeries limit the amount of food you can eat during a meal.

    These surgeries limit the absorption of food by the body (malabsorption).

    Restriction & Malabsorption
    These surgeries are both restrictive and malabsorptive. The amount of food you can eat is limited, as is the absorption of nutrients by the body.

    All surgeries are performed by invasive surgery (laparoscopy).

    As with all other therapies, the procedures should be combined with a change in lifestyle and eating habits. We follow the principles of the food and the movement triangle.

    We would be happy to explain the differences between the procedures during our first interview. Preoperative examinations and other useful tips are also explained. Do not hesitate to come to talk with us, we take our time for you.

    What are the risks and possible side effects of a surgical procedure?

    Early complications

    • Leakage (0,5 till even 3% in litterature)
    • Bleeding
    • Wound infection
    • Gastrointestinal obstruction
    • Thrombosis (blood clot) in the lower limbs, pulmonary embolism
    • Infection with abscess formation
    • Death after surgery is less than 0.2% (following literature)

    Non-typical complications of this surgery can be lung infection, pulmonary edema, heart problems (arrhythmias, heart attack, …), urinary tract infections, etc.

    Late complications and side effects

    • Gastric dumping syndrome
    • Obstruction
    • Gallstones
    • Lack of iron, folic acid, vitamins and minerals
    • Hair loss
    • Constriction of the stomach
    • Incisional hernia
    • Stomach ulcer

    Weight gain after surgery

    • Several plausible reasons
    • Dilatation of the new stomach
    • Dilatation of the gastric outlet and the small intestine
    • Inappropriate food intake (Uncontrolled intake of sugars, too many meals or grazing, …)
    • …….

    Therefore, stay under control.

    You can always reach us by phone. We advise you personally. In addition to the operation, regular controls are just as important to maintain the best possible result, especially on the long term.