• Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

  • Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

Types of Procedures

In pursuit of having a body that is as fit as a flea, one may opt for various renowned practices. One such procedure is undergoing weight loss surgery. However, one may find it cumbersome to choose the preferred surgical procedure. To help one out of this predicament, it is rational to learn the various types of procedures that are offered.

Gastric Bypass

So what transpires in this procedure? Well, it starts off by meticulously reducing the size of the stomach and digestive tract system. This is done to minimize the amount of food absorbed and digested.

There are four types of procedures under gastric bypass  namely:

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Are you obese and seeking weight loss surgery? Well, you can opt for the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.  The qualified bariatrician is well familiar with this common procedures. Here is a sneak peak of what it entails.

  • Commences with the use of laparoscopic instruments to make a surgical division of the upper stomach from the remaining portion
  • Afterward, the surgeon cuts the lower part of the intestine and connects with the upper stomach.

With this weight loss surgery, one gets to enjoy certain privileges. This encompasses the following:

  • Shorter hospital stay and recovery duration
  • Less invasive
  • Does not leave any scar marks.

Extensive Gastric Bypass / Biliopancreatic Diversion

Typically gastric bypass entails the team curbing weight loss by connecting the small pouch, made at the top of the stomach, to the small intestine. What this implies is that the duodenum and jejunum are left out of the new digestive system. All in all, one gets to effectively minimize the rate of food absorption via this weight loss surgery. It is important to note that only certified surgeons should be trusted with this delicate procedure.

However, the risks associated with gastric bypass must be discussed before the surgery. These risks include the following:

  • Collapse or erosion of the band around the stomach
  • Pouch stretching (stomach may stretch back to the original size)
  • Breakdown of staple lines
  • Health-related complications due to nutritional deficiencies
  • Nausea

Generally, after undergoing a gastric bypass one will only be able to consume a small amount of food in the first months. Subsequently increasing as time passes.

Duodenal Switch

Also known as a vertical gastrectomy, the duodenal switch is a sophisticated surgical procedure which is carried out on obese patients who desire adverse results. Here, they undertake two major procedures that are restrictive bit and malabsorptive procedure.

Basically, they go the extra mile of shrinking the stomach to minimize absorption. Compared to the other types of procedures, this is undertaken if one desires to fully reduce food intake and absorption.

Restrictive Component

To commence the surgery, the bariatric surgeon will divide the stomach into two portions. After this, about 85 percent of the stomach is taken out. The 25 percent left is composed of the pyloric valve to help in the control of food ingested from the stomach to the small intestines.

So what one is left with is banana shaped stomach measuring between 100 and 150 milliliters.

Malabsorptive Component

The other half of the weight loss surgery entails rearrangement of the duodenum to provide two pathways for the flow of food and bile and pancreatic juices. Nonetheless, the two components are allowed to mix in the final stretch (18-24 inches).

Benefits of Duodenal Switch

To make one understand this alternative of weight loss surgery, we are going to look at the pros. These are;

  • Aids one to reduce the amount of food intake thus fasten weight loss process
  • It is a reversible weight loss surgery procedure.
  • Minimally invasive weight loss surgery. their surgeons only make small incisions to narrow the stomach

Notably, one can undergo this weight loss surgery under certain conditions. These are

  • If one has a body mass index (BMI) exceeding 55.
  • Scenarios where one’s obesity is a result of illnesses such as type 2 diabetes
  • Lack of tumors, ulcers, and bacteria that may lead to complications prior to the weight loss surgery

Though rare, there are some risks that one should learn. Below is the list.

  • Difficulty in drinking liquids immediately after surgery
  • Leakage
  • Presence of blood clots
  • Possible bleeding
  • Infection

To mitigate on some of this risks, one is urged not to hesitate from contacting your surgeon.

Apart from performing this weight loss surgery, Dr. Arif Ahmad also takes up follow-up care such as offer nutrition advice. So as one embarks on weight loss, it is crucial for someone to consume nutritious food rich in; vitamin D, calcium, vitamin B12, and multivitamins.

Lap-band Surgery

Once the FDA approved this procedure back in 2001, he promptly opted to have his team learn and adopt it. Essentially, they use the LAP-BAND (gastric band) procedure to give a patient long-lasting weight loss results.

How Does Gastric Band Weight Loss Surgery Work?

Firstly, he makes a small incision in the abdominal region then introduces a silicon-made Lap band on the stomach. The highly qualified surgeon will then induce a tiny port below the skin and attaches a tube to the band.it is this band that is filled with a saline solution.

Hereby, the band helps to make the patient feel full after consuming a few spoons of food. By buying time, this weight loss surgery allows for slow food intake at the same time upholding the normal digestion process.

Risks involved include:

  • Band erosion
  • Risk of infections attributed to the lap-band
  • Enlargement of the esophagus
  • Over long periods it may lead to leakages
  • You may become nauseated due to band slippage

Gastric Sleeve

Do you believe your super obese weight is permanent? Well, you are absolutely wrong! Dr. Arif Ahmad has proven beyond reasonable doubt that gastric sleeve drastically sheds extra pounds gained. So let’s look at what gastric sleeve is all about.


The bariatric surgeon will make between 1 to 5 incisions (to reduce the scars) on the abdomen. Then goes ahead to remove about 75 to 80 percent of your stomach. In some instances, he may introduce staple lines for better results.

After a successful weight loss surgery, one will be under inpatient treatment for two to three days. Moreover, full recovery is achieved after four to six weeks.

Remarkably, patients get to trim the unwanted fat tissues in a record span in one year.  This will be gradual as one loses 33 percent of the weight in the first three months. Then by mid-year, half the weight is gone and 70 percent by the end of a full year.

To be eligible for this weight loss surgery option, one must have the following conditions

  • High cholesterol level
  • High blood pressure
  • Body mass index more than 40
  • Sleep apnea
  • Asthma

Pros are:

  • Does not result in any complications after the weight loss surgery
  • Guarantees long-lasting weight loss results

it is strongly advised you to start doing regular exercises. This will aid in achieving full weight loss and keeping the body fit.

Gastric Balloon

There are also other types of procedures that are non-surgical. The gastric balloon is one of this options whereby after the nurse has made the patient comfortable, they insert a plastic mouth guard on the upper and lower jaws to keep the mouth open.  

Afterward, a gastric balloon is inserted into the mouth and esophagus. This is expeditiously done using an endoscope (tube fixated with a camera) to direct the surgeon to the stomach. At their esteemed health facility, one can also opt for Orbera, reshape, Spatz and Obalon.

Once inside, this balloon will make one feel satiated and reduce the urge of grabbing that extra chocolate bar. Additionally, spend less time undergoing the weight loss surgery.

Health risks

  • Nausea
  • Discomfort
  • Possible bleeding either during insertion or removal

To enjoy the different types of procedures, contact Dr. Arif Ahmad today for more information and assistance.


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