“Medicines cure diseases, but only doctors can cure patients.” – Carl Jung
Doctors and surgeons of any medical field is a necessity in a person’s life. Without doctors and surgeons, the world would become a very difficult to sustain. If these doctors who are working hard day and night wouldn’t have been there to cure the deadly COVID-19 patients, we would have already lost half the population of India. Doctors and surgeons tend to bring happiness in a person’s life. So, this 1st July, as we celebrate National Doctors Day, we will tell you how a bariatric surgeon is also a boon in people’s life.
A bariatric surgeon’s job is to give the best treatment to obese people and people suffering from obesity-related diseases. A reputed and experienced surgeon would help an obese lose the desired amount of weight with the help of laparoscopic obesity surgery. A person with a BMI over 35 or a person with BMI over 30 along with obesity-related diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, etc. are allowed to have this surgery. A bariatric surgeon makes sure that your daily intake of food is reduced with the help of two types of surgery.
Gastric Bypass Surgery
In this surgery, your bariatric surgeon will separate the stomach into two sections. The upper segment of the stomach which is smaller, stay connected to the oesophagus to receive food. The lower portion of the stomach which is larger will no longer receive food after surgery. Along with that, a portion of the small intestine is disconnected. This allows the surgeon to re-route the food directly from the newly formed stomach to the remaining intestine for digestion.
As the name suggests, in this surgery, the portion of the stomach that receives food is shaped like a slim banana or sleeve. This is done by stapling and diving the stomach vertically. Also, in this surgery, the nerves to the stomach and valves leading to the small intestine remains the same. This helps to preserve the functions of the stomach and yet reduces its volume. The small intestine also stays the same. This surgery is mostly done on patients who are in the high-risk category.
An experienced bariatric surgeon will not only perform any of these two surgeries but will also guide the patient until he has healed successfully. They also help the patient in maintaining the new required healthy lifestyle in order to manage their weight loss. So, this doctor’s day, let us thanks the bariatric surgeons as well.