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Obesity Surgery

Biruni University Hospital is recognized as a global reference center in the field of obesity and metabolic surgery. Our specialized team in Obesity Surgery, with experienced medical staff and a high level of patient experience, provides services through a multidisciplinary approach.

Obesity surgery is currently the most effective method for treating obesity and has highly successful long-term results. Our center offers services in obesity surgery, psychiatry, cardiology, nutrition, and dietetics through collaborative efforts among our expert team.

The goal of obesity surgery is to enable significant and sustainable weight loss in patients, leading to the improvement of diseases associated with obesity.

Obesity Surgery Methods

Sleeve Gastrectomy & Gastric Sleeve Surgery

In sleeve gastrectomy, about 80% of the stomach is removed, leaving behind a tube-shaped structure resembling a sleeve. This surgery significantly reduces the stomach’s capacity to intake food compared to other surgical methods. The procedure differs from others by directly affecting the hormones that regulate hunger and satiety. Commonly known as Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, this method allows for a shorter hospital stay post-surgery, with fewer complications. It is a comfortable and effective approach, often resulting in substantial weight loss and improvement or resolution of associated health conditions.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

During gastric bypass surgery, the stomach is reduced in size, and a portion of the small intestine is connected to the smaller stomach pouch. This procedure limits both food intake and calorie absorption, resulting in significant weight loss. Gastric bypass is an older and different method compared to others. Following this surgery, conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea may improve in correlation with weight loss.

Gastric Balloon

A silicone balloon is endoscopically placed in the stomach, reducing its capacity to hold food and promoting weight loss over time.

Candidates for Obesity Surgery

Obesity surgery, including sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass, is suitable for individuals aged 18-65 with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or higher, without any contraindications for surgery. Minors under 18 may undergo surgery in rare cases with parental consent. Patients with psychological issues or alcohol addiction potentially affecting surgery outcomes require approval from relevant medical specialists.

Risks of Obesity Surgery

While all abdominal surgeries carry inherent risks, complications such as minor leaks from stomach suture lines may occur post-surgery, albeit rarely. Thus, selecting the right surgeon is crucial for both pre- and post-operative care.

Gastric Balloon

The gastric balloon procedure is suitable for individuals struggling with weight loss or obesity-related issues before considering surgical options. However, it is not recommended for pregnant women or those using corticosteroids. Additionally, individuals with pre-existing stomach ulcers are not eligible for gastric balloon placement. Although balloon rupture is a concern, the colored fluid inside the balloon facilitates easy detection if such an event occurs. Patients must adhere to a healthy diet post-procedure to prevent weight regain after balloon removal.

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