If you are suffering from obesity and eligible for bariatric (weight-loss) surgery, it is advisable not to delay this crucial procedure. You will be vulnerable in this pandemic if you are obese. Obesity increases the risk of many serious health complications, including COVID -19 infection.
Even though bariatric surgery is not a procedure that requires immediate medical attention, yet it is a life-saving operation. When you go through bariatric surgery, you will be able to live long, healthy, and have a disease-free life ahead. When you get rid of excessive fat, you can prevent yourself from many physical illnesses and mental health issues like diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, insomnia, and depression. It may even lower the risk of cancer.
If you are postponing bariatric Surgery only due to coronavirus pandemic, you need to rethink this decision. The hospitals are the medical staff very conscious of the coronavirus, and they have a particular medical team only for the patients of the Corona. There are isolated quarantine rooms and buildings for the patients of Corona. So, it is scarce that you expose to the coronavirus in the hospital.
Due to the advancement of medical science, bariatric Surgery is now very safe and effective. With the help of laparoscopic surgeries, doctors rarely use invasive techniques because laparoscopic surgeries allow patients to recover faster. The hospitalization time will be approximately 24 to 48 hours, and after the rest of one or two weeks, the patient can join the office with some precautions.
In the long run, 50% to 70% of patients who undergo this surgery, tend to maintain their weight loss for the first five years after the bariatric procedure. Suppose you have BMI (Body Mass Index) equal to 40 or above. Your BMI is 35 and has some severe health issues like T2DM, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, or coronary artery disease. In that case, you are eligible for Bariatric Surgery. You might undergo bariatric Surgery even if your previous bariatric procedure was unsuccessful or ineffective.
If you are willing to take proper precautions when you are in the hospital, you don’t have to delay your bariatric Surgery. Find an experienced surgeon who has well qualified and experienced bariatric surgeries. There are four types of bariatric procedures: Sleeve gastrectomy, Gastric bypass, Duodenal switch, and modified duodenal switch.
Make sure your doctor is well-experienced and knows all of these procedures, and this will help select the most suitable one for you. If your BMI is over 50, it may be possible that you need to undergo two bariatric surgeries over a specific period.
Bariatric Surgery proves more effective if you follow a healthy lifestyle along with a balanced diet. So, make sure your doctor offers you pre- and post-surgery guidance. You need to stay in touch with your doctors and dieticians even after bariatric Surgery for guidance. Sometimes bariatric surgeons and dieticians conduct classes and webinars to guide all of their patients. Behavioural support and patient support groups are also beneficial for this.
You can prevent yourself from unknown diseases, including Corona, by bariatric Surgery. It helps to lose weight, and also eventually, this will treat other health problems. So, don’t delay your bariatric Surgery only due to the corona pandemic. However, it is advisable to take some preventive measures like wearing masks and using sanitizer, to prevent yourself from COVID-19.
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