Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. I can exercise and eat less. Why should I undergo bariatric surgery?
The best approach to the treatment of obesity and overweight issues is to eat less and exercise more. However, there are also people who have tried everything available to them, and yet, the weight doesn’t seems to go away.
In those circumstances, bariatric surgery then becomes an effective option for them to consider. Alternatively, there are also situations where the obesity poses an immediate health threat to the person, and thus, bariatric surgery should be considered due to its proven results.
2.How to choose the right procedure?
This decision should be made between you and the doctor. The doctor guides you and informs you of the pros and cons of each procedure. Your doctor should also shortlist the procedures suitable for your situation based on your requirements and health condition. However the ultimate decision would come from you.
3. Why are there different types of bariatric surgeries?
Different types of surgeries exist because there are many different conditions and medical disorders that is associated with obesity. Furthermore, there are personal preferences among patients that influence the decision. You can read more on the various bariatric procedures over here.
4. What are the risks versus the benefits for bariatric surgery?
Just like any surgery, the benefits should outweigh the risks of surgery. With advancements in the field of bariatric surgery, it is no longer a dreadful surgery it was once thought to be. Millions of people have undergone bariatric surgery successfully with very positive impact to their quality of life. You can read more about the risks vs benefits of having a bariatric surgery here.
5. How do I find a good bariatric doctor?
A good bariatric doctor should be based in a hospital facility that is well equipped and has a multidisciplinary team that focuses on your well-being and safety. After all, you’d want the hospital to be well equipped to deal with any emergencies, if any. The bariatric surgeon should also be an experienced one who has performed at least a few hundred bariatric cases, including performing re-operations and managing bariatric-related complications. You can read further at the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric surgery website http://asmbs.org/professional-education/fellowship You can also read our guide here on how to choose your bariatric doctor.
6. Am a candidate for bariatric surgery?
There are several criteria for eligibility of surgery. One of them is the BMI factor which requires you to be at least BMI 32.5 if you have other medical disorders like diabetes mellitus or BMI 37.5 and above if you do not have any medical problems. Here is a more detailed article on whether should you go for bariatric surgery. We suggest you contact us here and let us know your condition and information, so that we can better advise you.
7. What If I Am From Other Countries/States?
We understand that if you’re from outside of Kuala Lumpur, or Malaysia, you might be concerned about the inconvenience and logistic challenges. Rest assured that it’s not a problem at all because we have had patients from China, Indonesia, Middle East and even Australia and USA. Other than the surgery itself which needs to take place in Kuala Lumpur, the rest of the process can be done remotely. Medical tests can be performed at a hospital near you, and any consultation can be done via Skype/phone/email/WhatsApp if necessary. As for follow-up, this can be done remotely as well and we can also link you up with a dietician near you.
We also have had patients who flew in to meet with our bariatric surgeon for their initial consultation, and have the bariatric surgery already pre-planned and booked for the same trip in order to minimise travel.
It’s flexible so that’s the least of your concern. As for accommodation and transport, we can assist to arrange for you at a reasonable fee, so that you don’t even have to worry about it.
8. How is Bariatric Surgery different from Liposuction?
Excellent question. We have just the comparison for you here: Liposuction vs Bariatric Surgery