Bariatric surgery in Medellín

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Bariatric surgery is a procedure that helps people to treat weight problems through a personalized plan that includes several aspects. At MDE Care we have specialists dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of obesity, focused on offering effective solutions for the patient.

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What is bariatric surgery?

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Bariatric surgery is a set of surgical procedures designed to help people with severe obesity lose weight and improve their health. These procedures alter the digestive system, reducing the capacity of the stomach so that the patient can feel satisfied with smaller portions of food.

Techniques used in bariatric surgery in Medellín

Bariatric surgery uses several techniques, such as gastric bypass, vertical gastrectomy and adjustable gastric banding, to help people with obesity lose weight and improve their health.

Gastric bypass is a bariatric surgery that combines restriction of stomach size with malabsorption of nutrients. During the procedure, a small pouch is created at the top of the stomach and connected directly to the small intestine, bypassing a portion of the stomach and upper small intestine. 

This reduces the amount of food that can be eaten and limits the absorption of calories and nutrients. As a result, patients experience significant weight loss and often experience improvements in obesity-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

Vertical gastrectomy, also known as gastric sleeve, is a bariatric surgical technique in which approximately 80% of the stomach is removed, leaving a narrow sleeve-shaped tube. This procedure drastically reduces the capacity of the stomach, which limits the amount of food that can be consumed and promotes early satiety. 

Although it does not affect nutrient absorption like other procedures, restricting the size of the stomach helps patients lose weight by reducing caloric intake and encouraging healthier eating habits.

Adjustable gastric banding is a bariatric procedure in which a silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, creating a small pouch at the top and a narrowing in the rest of the organ.

This band can be adjusted by tightening or loosening a device inside it to control the amount of food that can pass through the stomach. The goal is to reduce the amount of food consumed and promote weight loss by inducing an earlier and longer feeling of fullness during meals.

Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery offers a number of significant benefits for those struggling with severe obesity or morbid obesity.Among them:

  • Significant and sustained weight loss.
  • Improvement in obesity-related health conditions.
  • Improved quality of life.
  • Reduced risk of chronic disease.
  • Positive changes in mental health.

Who should undergo this type of procedure?

Bariatric surgery is intended for people who are struggling with severe or morbid obesity and have failed to lose weight through conventional methods such as diet and exercise. Ideal candidates are those with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, or those with a BMI of 35 to 39.9 who also have obesity-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea.

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MDE Care physicians have extensive experience and knowledge in bariatric surgery. The specialists have the training and understanding to perform these procedures using a variety of methodologies to facilitate the diagnostic and treatment processes.

We are pleased to announce that MDE Care is currently working towards certification as a Medical Facilitator with Global Healthcare Accreditation.

We also articulate with local entities to create a professional service adapted to the needs of medical tourism in the region. That is why we are part of the Business Tourism Cluster, an initiative of the Medellin Chamber of Commerce for Antioquia.

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Frequently asked questions about bariatric surgery

The recovery process after bariatric surgery varies depending on the type of procedure performed and the patient's individual conditions. In general, an initial period of intensive care in the hospital can be expected followed by a transition to a liquid diet and then to soft foods. Patients usually experience gradual weight loss and may require vitamin supplements to prevent nutritional deficiencies. It is essential to follow medical instructions, exercise regularly and attend follow-up appointments to ensure a successful recovery and maintain long-term results.

It includes diet and lifestyle changes, such as following a low-calorie diet prior to surgery, quitting smoking and participating in physical exercise programs. In addition, it is crucial to attend all preoperative consultations, complete necessary medical tests and follow the specific instructions provided by your surgeon and healthcare team.

During the procedure, general anesthesia will be administered to ensure that the patient is completely asleep and pain-free. The surgeon will perform the specific technique agreed upon, whether it is a gastric bypass, vertical gastrectomy, adjustable gastric banding or other. The time of the surgery varies according to the type of procedure and the individual complexity of the case. After surgery, you will wake up in the recovery room and move to a room for monitoring. The medical team will provide you with post-operative instructions and will be available to answer questions and provide support during your recovery.

The recovery period varies depending on the type of procedure and the patient's individual response. Generally, a hospitalization period of one to three days is recommended. During this time, pain will be controlled and fluid intake will be monitored. After discharge, patients are expected to follow a liquid diet and then gradually transition to soft and solid foods as directed by the medical team. It is recommended to avoid strenuous activities for the first few weeks and follow the surgeon's follow-up instructions for a successful recovery.

The amount of weight that can be lost varies depending on several factors, including the type of procedure, the patient's commitment to lifestyle changes, and individual response to treatment. In general, significant weight loss can be expected during the first few months after surgery, with continued weight loss during the first year. Many patients can lose 50% to 70% of their excess weight in the first two years after the procedure, but results can vary from person to person.

Some of the side effects may include nutritional deficiencies, changes in eating habits, dumping syndrome, chronic gastrointestinal problems, loss of bone mass, and possible complications with the surgery itself, such as leaks or problems with the adjustable gastric band. It is important that patients are informed about these possible side effects and work closely with their medical team to minimize any risks and manage any problems that may arise.

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