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Obesity surgery

Obesity surgery

Obesity surgery abroad can help to identify specialist centres overseas. Obesity is the term used to describe a medical condition in which excess body fat accumulates, to the point where it becomes detrimental to one's health. Traditionally, a person is considered obese if they are more than 20% over their ideal body weight (of course taking into account height, age, sex and build).

Obesity is associated with many diseases and issues. Some common problems that can occur as a result of obesity are type 2 diabetes, hypertension (high blood-pressure), osteoarthritis, stroke, heart disease, attack or heart failure, certain types of cancer, gallstones and gallbladder disease, gout and gouty arthritis, sleep apnea and pickwickian syndrome.

Obesity is a result of many factors, including genetic and behavioural, and thus often requires more than just a change in diet. Often it is a combination of dietary change, exercise, counselling and support, and sometimes medication, that helps people dealing with obesity reduce their weight problems. In other cases, surgical procedures may be needed to reduce the danger of developing life-threatening diseases. These surgeries aim to reduce the entry of food into the body.

Common obesity surgery procedures

The obesity surgery category includes surgeries and techniques for weight loss such as:

  • biliopancreatic diversion
  • duodenal switch
  • gastric balloons
  • gastric bypass
  • banding
  • gastric sleeve

Destinations

For a full list of available destinations for obesity surgery, please refer to the search box to the right.

Useful links

Find more in-depth information on obesity surgery at:

American Obesity Association - www.obesity.org

Association for the Study of Obesity - www.aso.org.uk

British Obesity Surgery Patient Association - www.bospa.org

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Page last updated: Wednesday, 14th September 2011