It is well understood now that Obesity is no more only an “excess weight” condition. Obesity, in turn, is the cause of many serious comorbid conditions. Millions of men and women are losing out on the productive years of their lives due to associated comorbidities— hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnoea and dyslipidemia etc. If you are experiencing a similar medical condition, Bariatric or Weight Loss surgery can be your one-stop solution to regain control of your health.
The surgical intervention comes to the rescue of people suffering from morbid levels of obesity (BMI of over 32.5) with at least one of the comorbid conditions or above 37.5 BMI (Indian guidelines).
Although surgery is a means to help you lose weight effectively, affording bariatric surgery may be a concern for many. Indian healthcare environment, however, offers cost-effective treatment for patients seeking bariatric surgery. Patients from all over the world prefer to come to India to seek quality treatment at reasonable prices.
In the case of Gastric Sleeve surgery, the stomach’s capacity is reduced by nearly 80 – 90 percent of the original size. There are positive hormonal changes in the body after surgery which help in losing substantial weight. The procedural cost for Gastric Sleeve Surgery or Sleeve Gastrectomy is around Rs 2.5 lakh.
In Gastric bypass surgery, the stomach is divided into two— a small upper pouch and a much larger lower “remnant” pouch. The small intestine is so configured that it is connected to both the pouches. It can cost somewhere around Rs 3.5 lakhs.
More than the cost factor, the experience of the surgeon, safety, results, availability, comprehensive program with an effective team to support post surgery, hospital infrastructure etc are the important factors which can help in deciding the best Bariatric programs in India.
The benefits after Bariatric surgery in relation to improvement in co-morbidities should also be considered. The cost of managing uncontrolled diabetes can be recovered in a few years after Bariatric surgery or maybe on heart, liver etc. Besides, there are financing options at 0% interest available. So cost should not be a deterrent in availing an effective treatment for this chronic condition.