Bariatric Surgery in Bangkok, Thailand
Nowadays, lifestyle and diet are very complicated. Everything changed such as genetically modified food, less exercising and urgent working. The food eaten is a fast and easy meal from convenience store. The essential nutritional is low, too much carbohydrates and fats. People have more obese and disease caused by obesity such as diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease and high cholesterol.
BMI is an index of the obesity,calculated from weight and height in order to compare the balance of weight to height. Can be calculated by the body weight (kg) divided by the square of their height (m), on the basis of them can be compared as follows.
- Underweight: less than 18.5 (<18.5).
- Ideal: greater than or equal to 18.5 but less than 25 (≥18.5 but <25).
- Overweight: greater than or equal to 25 but less than 30 (≥25 but <30).
- Obese: greater than or equal to 30 but less than 40 (≥30 but <40).
- Risk: greater than or equal to 40 (≥40).
Guidelines for the treatment of obesity:
1. Diet (Food control)
3. Treat with medicine
Diet and exercise:
To treat obesity effectively and safely as possible, people should eat a healthy food, focus on fruits, vegetables and protein diet with vitamins. They should reduce dietary fat, starch and sugar and also exercise to control weight at least 4 times a week. And in each exercise should not be less than 30 minutes on a Cardio workout, such as running, cycling, swimming, etc. These exercises help to burn fat as well. If a BMI is higher than 30 and have risk factors associated with the disease, consulting a doctor is required.
Treatment with medicine:
Medication should be under specialist doctor strictly for those who have a BMI greater than or equal to 30, or those with a BMI greater than or equal to 27, with high risk factors involved.
In Kamol Cosmetic Hospital, we provide 2 procedures for our patient:
1. Gastric sleeve (Sleeve Gastrectomy)
Sleeve gastrectomy is a surgical weight-loss procedure in which the stomach is reduced to about 25% of its original size, by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach along the greater curvature. The result is a sleeve or tube like structure. The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach, although there could be some dilatation of the stomach later on in life. The procedure is generally performed laparoscopically and is irreversible.
Sleeve gastrectomy was originally performed as a modification to another bariatric procedure, the duodenal switch, and then later as the first part of a two-stage gastric bypass operation on extremely obese patients for which the risk of performing gastric bypass surgery was deemed too large. The initial weight loss in these patients was so successful it began to be investigated as a stand alone procedure.
Today sleeve gastrectomy is the fastest growing weight loss surgery option in North America and Asia. In many cases, but not all, sleeve gastrectomy is as effective as gastric bypass surgery, including weight independent benefits on glucose homeostasis. The precise mechanism(s) that produce these benefits is not known.
The procedure involves a longitudinal resection of the stomach starting from the antrum at the point 5–6 cm from the pylorus and finishing at the fundus close to the cardia. The remaining gastric sleeve is calibrated with a bougie. Most surgeons prefer to use a bougie between 32 - 60 Fr with the procedure and the ideal approximate remaining size of the stomach after the procedure is about 150 mL.
Advantages : This is the best way to lose weight. The diabetic, heart disease, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol could be cured with this procedure.
Disadvantages : Calcium, iron and vitamin deficiency might be caused. There is a risk of bone erosion and anemia.
At Kamol Cosmetic Hospital will use the Minimal Invasive Surgery or laparoscopy. Cause lesions on the abdomen just a bit.
Picture 1. Shows Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
Preparing for Surgery:
Consult a specialist before surgery consisting
3. Physicians who specialize in the care of obese patients.
4. Expert surgeons doing surgery in obese patients.
For consultation And practice with:
- The nutritional therapy to explain how much client should eat after surgery. And how to lose weight before surgery.
- Psychologists help in reducing the stress that may be more in the before - after surgery.
- Doctors of Medicine need to monitor health counseling therapy. Counseling or medication to lose some weight before the surgery.
- Medical-surgical alternative for patients that describes the procedures for each type has its advantages. The downside, however, the patient will be considered to have any right to them.
- There have been infected
- Outflow tract (tear in bowels).
- The new surgery
Postoperative complications that could happen will that there may be blood clots from pulmonary disease, pneumonia, urinary tract infection. Similar to a general surgery. However, complications may be less if the weight loss surgeries performed in the hospital / medical center with a team of expertise. And medical equipment after surgery, patients will be monitored regularly by a team including nurses, caregivers trained in caring for these patients in particular. Included the anesthesiologists with expertise in drug sniffing obese patients as well.
Weight loss surgery is successful or not.
Benefits of weight loss by reducing the danger of disease and obesity, the body looks Reduce the cost of health care, such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, making use of weight loss drugs reduce the need for medication or lose weight. As well as reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer.
What to do after surgery.
- In the hospital for 3 days to ensure there are no complications. And without taking analgesic.
- Exercise when feeling better. An exercise program specifically for these patients.
- Make sure to take care in nutrition from nutrition to work about 1 month.
2. Gastric Balloon
The Gastric Balloon procedure works effectively for people who are very overweight. It is recommended for people who need to lose weight before having a weight-loss operation, to reduce their surgical risk.
A deflated balloon is placed through the mouth and oesophagus. The balloon is then filled with liquid, which is designed to partially fill your stomach, giving you a feeling of fullness. This will help you change your eating pattern, reduce the volume of food eaten, making you feel full quicker.
The balloon is designed to stay in place for a maximum of six months, after which it must be removed in a very similar way as to how it was inserted.
How is the balloon inserted?
Picture 2. Shows Gastric Balloon procedures
In the treatment room, your throat will be sprayed with a numbing spray. This tastes unpleasant but is very effective and, within a few seconds, your throat will feel numb. Although this is quite a strange feeling, it is harmless and will help you tolerate the gastroscopy tube (camera). If you have false teeth, you will need to remove them. You may also be able to have an injection to make you feel sleepy if you wish, but this will be discussed with you.
Once the nurse has made you comfortable on the trolley, a plastic mouth guard will be put between your teeth and gums to keep your mouth slightly open. Throughout the procedure your pulse, blood pressure, breathing, and oxygen levels will be monitored and a small sponge may be placed into one nostril to provide you with a little oxygen. This is completely routine and nothing to worry about.
An endoscope will then be passed through your mouth and down in to your stomach. This will not cause you any pain and will not interfere with your breathing. In order to have a clear view of your stomach, it may be necessary to put some air down the endoscope. This may give you the feeling of wanting to belch. Once the endoscope has been removed, the surgeon will pass the deflated balloon through your mouth and down into your stomach. The endoscope will be reintroduced to check that the balloon is in the right position before it is inflated with liquid.
Before insertion of the gastric balloon, you must fast from food and drinks for 12 hours.
When the gastric balloon is to be removed, you must start on a fluid-only diet 48 hours beforehand. This means no solid food at all. At this point, it may be useful to have some fizzy drinks, as they can help cleanse the balloon, making it easier to remove. Twelve hours before the balloon is due to be removed, you must fast. This means no food or drinks.
What diet will I follow once I have had the balloon inserted?
For the first week, you will need to follow a fluid-only diet. This allows the stomach to get used to the balloon. You need to drink plenty of fluid to prevent dehydration.
The key points are:
• drink slowly, sip at drinks
• do not drink more than 100ml at once
• drink about 2 litres (8 cups) a day.
The best fluids are low fat/low sugar varieties. These include semi- skimmed or skimmed milk, low fat yoghurt drinks, soup with no lumps. You must avoid coffee and fizzy drinks.
Over the following week, you will progress onto a pureed diet, followed by a soft, mushy diet, building up finally to a normal diet. You will see the dietitian one week after the balloon insertion to discuss the stages. Also at this appointment, your long-term plan will be discussed.
If you suffer from diabetes, you may need to monitor and record your blood sugar levels very closely, as a change in your medication may be required.
What are the benefits of having a gastric balloon?
Having a gastric balloon helps you to achieve short-term weight loss. It also helps to reduce health-related problems such as:
• high blood pressure
• heart disease
• joint pain
• high cholesterol.
What are the risks and complications?
Most people have few problems during and after the procedure. However, sometimes there may be complications or difficulties such as:
• bleeding or perforation as a result of injury during insertion or removal of the balloon, requiring surgical correction
• low levels of oxygen in the blood, or irregular heartbeat (occasionally, this is serious enough to cause a heart attack). So that we can watch out for these problems, your oxygen level and pulse will be monitored throughout the procedure
• there is a slight risk to crowned teeth or bridgework. The risk can be reduced by telling us if you have either of these
• bowel blockage by the balloon, when a partially deflated balloon passes into the small bowel. This is extremely rare but if this occurs it needs removing during an operation or by an endoscopic procedure
• a blue dye is added to the saline that is injected into the balloon, so that in the rare event that the balloon were to leak, you would know immediately by the change in colour of your urine. If this were to happen, you should contact the hospital immediately so the balloon can be safely removed
• stomach discomfort, nausea, and vomiting are common for the first week following the balloon placement but this rarely continues after this time
• feeling of heaviness in the abdomen, or abdominal or back pain
• acid reflux and indigestion (you will be prescribed medication to reduce your stomach acid production while the balloon is in place)
• very rarely, patients develop a chest infection after the procedure. If you develop a cough, you should contact your GP.
The chance of these risks occurring is small, but it is important that you are aware of them and that you have all the information you need before agreeing to the procedure.
What happens before the procedure?
If the gastric balloon procedure is a safe and suitable option for you, you will be asked to attend the hospital for a pre-procedure assessment. At this appointment, we will ask you questions about your medical history, medication, and any other operations you may have had in the past. You may need to undergo some routine tests, for example, a heart trace (ECG), X-ray, and blood tests.
What happens on admission to the hospital?
You will come to the hospital the morning of your procedure unless told otherwise. On admission, the doctors and nurses will answer any further questions you may have. A nurse will check that there has been no significant changes in your health since your pre-assessment, and your temperature, pulse, blood pressure, and breathing will all be recorded. Before having your procedure, you will be asked to put on a gown. You will also be asked to wear compression stockings (anti-embolic). They help blood flow in the deep veins in the legs and so reduce the risk of developing blood clots. You will need to wear these for approximately six weeks after your procedure. You will be asked to walk to the procedure room.
Will I be put to sleep?
A numbing throat spray will be used before the procedure. Alternatively, you may be given medication into a tube in your arm/hand, which will make you feel very sleepy. You should still be able to hear what is being said and co-operate with verbal instructions, but later you may have little or no recall of the procedure.
What can I expect after the procedure?
From the procedure room, you will be transferred to the ward. The nursing staff will check your pulse, blood pressure, temperature, and breathing. You may have a sore throat as a result of the endoscopic equipment. If you have had some sedation, you may feel sleepy for a while and you may be given oxygen through two little prongs in your nose until you are fully awake. You will be encouraged to get up and move around soon after your procedure. This is to reduce the risk of developing a blood clot.
Will I feel sick?
Many people feel sick and do vomit after the procedure and for some time afterwards. You will be prescribed anti–sickness medication, which are drugs to help relieve the nausea and vomiting. The sickness should settle once your stomach has become used to the presence of the balloon.
Will I be in pain?
You may have a feeling of heaviness in your abdomen and pain in your abdomen and back. You will be prescribed painkillers to help relieve this.
When will I be able to go home?
You will usually be able to go home on the day of, or the day after, your procedure, depending on how you feel. You must have someone responsible to take you home because you may still be feeling the effects of sedation. We would also advise that someone stays with you for 24 hours.
What will follow-up care be?
You will be sent an appointment to see the dietitian and the nurse specialist in the Outpatients’ Department approximately one week after going home. You will also be given the phone numbers of the specialist nurse and dietitian to contact for any advice you may need at other times. When your balloon is ready to be removed, six months after insertion, the hospital will make arrangements for its removal and send you an appointment.
Ref: Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. (2012). Gastric Balloon procedures. Bariatric surgery