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Dr. Jagannath Kulkarni

Consultant - Laparoscopic & Bariatric Surgery

Manipal Hospitals, Goa

Can Bariatric Procedures Be Delayed?

Posted On: May 20, 2022

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Bariatric Surgery in Goa

Bariatric surgery has become a lifesaver for countless people struggling with morbid or extreme obesity across the world over the last few years. Moreover, with these procedures becoming safer, more effective and sophisticated, doctors are more likely to prescribe them as an intervention in clinical medicine. 

However, as per recent research, bariatric surgeries are happening far too late for people to achieve the desired results, such as the reversal of various chronic obesity-related illnesses, such as diabetes, and a body mass index (BMI) below 30. Bariatric surgery is, basically, performed to reduce the stomach’s size or cause malabsorption in order to limit the amount of food a person can consume in a single sitting, thereby causing weight loss.

Bariatric surgery can be performed in several ways – a band can be applied on the stomach to make it smaller, the small intestine can be rerouted to a small stomach pouch and a part of the stomach can be surgically removed. But as these procedures are new and sophisticated, patients are a bit reluctant to opt for them, thus causing delays resulting in suffering. 

Recent research reveals that only a small section of people with a BMI greater than 50 reach a BMI of less than 30 (which is considered ideal for a healthy person) after a year post-surgery, which means that delaying bariatric surgery until more weight gain generally defeats the point of the procedure. Healthcare practitioners attribute the delay in bariatric procedures to the fact that people usually consider this procedure when all other options have failed. 

Delaying a bariatric surgery not only reduces the capability of the person to reduce their weight in the future but also makes them more vulnerable to various health conditions and diseases usually associated with obesity, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and joint pain. In addition, obesity is one of the major risk factors for sleep apnea, varicose veins, gallstones, clogged arteries, cancers, such as endometrial, colon and breast, chronic lower back pain and fatty liver disease. 

If you are looking for the best hospital for bariatric surgery in Goa, then book an appointment with Manipal Hospital now! We provide end to end treatment and facilities for patients affected by conditions that require bariatric surgery.

Thus, doctors suggest that policies that incentivize patients to undergo a bariatric procedure only if the BMI is highly elevated must be revised. Moreover, healthcare providers must ensure that patients receive proper counselling regarding their weight loss expectations after a bariatric procedure. Apart from helping patients achieve weight loss, bariatric surgery also allows people to discontinue or reduce medications that have been prescribed by doctors to manage health conditions, such as hypertension and high cholesterol, thereby improving their overall health.

Thus, any delay in bariatric procedures without a doctor’s approval must be avoided as it might make losing weight more difficult for the patient in the future and augment the risk of various serious illnesses and chronic diseases. Moreover, people should always consult a bariatric surgeon or physician for weight management.

The team of bariatric surgeons in Goa at Manipal Hospitals work with specialists from multiple disciplines to give patients comprehensive care. The surgical team is equipped with the latest real-time imaging technology and advanced surgical equipment, giving them the capacity to perform all bariatric procedures effectively.


Dr. Jagannath Kulkarni

Consultant - Laparoscopic & Bariatric Surgery

Manipal Hospital - Goa

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