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Our weight loss procedures

Our weight loss procedures

Weight loss surgery, otherwise known as bariatric surgery, is the only permanent weight loss method that can give you dramatic results in a short period of time. And our highly experienced bariatric surgeons at Bangkok’s finest JCI-accredited hospitals and clinics are ready to provide you this solution, with the finest of support and care.

The highest level of care

We perform over 300 bariatric surgeries a year, and our experience is reflected in our level of attention to detail. You will be physically assessed for your suitability for bariatric surgery during your initial consultation with us. Your surgery itself will be conducted by our board-certified and Western-trained cosmetic surgeons. And your post-surgery care will consist not only of follow-up appointments, but also regular contact with our nutritionist in order to advise you on your new dietary needs.

International clientele

Here at My Beauty Trip, our clientele is worldwide, and so is our reputation. We have been renowned providers of bariatric surgery for 19 years, courtesy of our American- and Western-trained surgeons. And our customers come from Thailand as well as around the globe, numbering over 300 a year.

Gastric balloon

A gastric balloon is a short-term weight loss option that allows you to feel full faster after smaller meals. It involves no surgery, and it helps you control your portion sizes and allows you to learn healthy eating habits in order to lose weight long-term. It’s an option that bridges the gap between diet and exercise, and bariatric surgery.

We’ll insert a device called a Spatz adjustable balloon through your mouth while you sleep. You will be lightly sedated to ensure the procedure goes smoothly, and will not require general anesthesia. The balloon will then be inflated with a saline solution. It is a relatively simple procedure that will allow you to be discharged on the same day, with an option to take one or two days off work. After 12 months, the balloon will be removed, as per US FDA guidelines.

Gastric sleeve

In a nutshell, a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy removes 75-80% of the stomach. If that sounds drastic, rest assured that while the procedure is relatively new, it has a low complication rate and affords very good results for weight loss. In fact, it is now the most popular weight loss surgery in the United States.

How does a gastric sleeve work?

After your sleeve gastrectomy procedure, you will be left with a smaller, banana-shaped stomach that holds much less food than before. Your new stomach will also produce less of a hormone that makes you feel hungry.

How we ensure 0% leakage

Your new stomach will be stapled shut with American-made staples from Covidien, the gold standard of medical stapling equipment. In addition to staples, our surgeons will also push the staple line in and sew the stomach in on itself, reducing the size of the stomach a further 5%. Lastly, we use TISSEEL, a surgical
sealant commonly used during sutures and ligatures. All this in order to ensure absolutely 0% leakage in your new stomach.

Gastric bypass

Also known as the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, this is considered the standard procedure in bariatric surgery. A new stomach pouch with a 15-30ml capacity will be constructed with medical staples, then connected to the small intestine. The rest of the stomach will thus be bypassed completely. It is a minimally invasive surgery that is often recommended for obese patients who suffer from diabetes. A gastric bypass has been known to completely cure diabetes due to hormonal changes after the procedure.

Why have a gastric bypass?

A gastric bypass is for those who have already tried to lose weight via diet and exercise, with little success. It will help reduce the risk of gastroesophageal reflux disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, severe sleep apnea, type-2 diabetes, stroke and other weight-related, potentially life- threatening problems.

Who is a gastric bypass for?

If your BMI (body mass index) is above 30 or you already have serious weight-related health problems, you may be a candidate for a gastric bypass or other weight-loss surgical procedures. Nevertheless, it’s not for every overweight person. You will go through an extensive screening process in order to see if
you meet the medical guidelines to qualify. You must also be prepared to make permanent healthy lifestyle changes, and there will be long-term follow-up plans post-surgery to monitor your nutrition, behavior and medical conditions. On top of that, bariatric surgery is expensive – make sure to find out if
it’s covered by your health insurance.

Risks of a gastric bypass

Any major surgical procedure carries with it both short-term and long-term risks. The short-term risks include excessive bleeding, infection, adverse reactions to anesthesia, blood clots, lung or breathing problems, gastrointestinal leaks, and in rare cases death.

Long-term risks after surgery depends on the type of procedure. They may include bowel obstruction, dumping syndrome, gallstones, hernias, low blood sugar, malnutrition, stomach perforation, ulcers, vomiting, and in rare cases death.

After your gastric bypass

After your surgery, you’ll need to fast for one to two days. That means no food, in order to allow digestive system time to heal and adjust. You may then proceed to a liquid-only diet for a while, then to soft foods, and finally back to regular foods. You may need to follow a restricted diet like this for about
12 weeks, which will include instructions on avoiding specific foods. You will also need to go for frequent medical checkups for several months after your procedure, which may include laboratory tests, blood
tests and others. You may experience body aches, feeling lethargic, feeling cold, dry skin, thinning hair and mood changes in the first 3 to 6 months following your weight-loss surgery.

Results of your gastric bypass

Bariatric procedures such as gastric bypass surgery will allow you to lose weight permanently – up to half, or even more, of your excess weight within two years. A gastric bypass may also alleviate various health conditions related to body weight, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, type-2 diabetes and stroke. Having a healthy body weight can certainly improve your quality of life, allowing to live better and happier than ever before.

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