Bariatric Surgery on the Rise Worldwide

While obesity is known to affect about a third of the American population, this country isn’t the only one to suffer its complications. Obesity, in fact, has reached epidemic proportions in many countries around the world, leading to a boom in the international trade of bariatric surgery devices. Researchers estimate, in fact, that the global bariatric surgery device market will reach a value of about $2.8 billion by 2022.

The rise in this market’s size has been attributed to a number of factors. These include:

• Growing concerns related to obesity – Obesity has been linked to a wide variety of serious health conditions, including some forms of cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. As people begin to more clearly understand the impacts of being overweight, more are taking action to address their personal concerns. While diet and exercise may help many, those with a BMI of 40 or higher may find surgical intervention offers them the best long-term results.
Government programs – Governments across the globe are also grappling with the impacts of obesity on their citizens. With that in mind, many are launching programs to help their citizens effectively address their weight concerns.
• Increased understanding of the benefits – Bariatric surgery has been proven to be very useful in helping those who are obese shed weight. It has also been shown to help those who already have health concerns address those issues, as well. Weight loss can help reduce cholesterol, improve sleep, control type 2 diabetes or eliminate it, and may also assist with a reduction of pain, among other benefits.

As the dangers of obesity become more widely known, the benefits of bariatric surgery are also gaining attention. As more people seek surgical interventions to help them get control of their weight once and for all, the global market’s value is on the rise. People who are obese will find taking steps to address weight can greatly improve their overall health. To find out more about the options, consult with a licensed healthcare provider.


Why Gastric Sleeve Procedures Are Growing in Popularity

Anyone who has explored the potential of weight loss surgery to help them shed pounds and adopt a healthier lifestyle knows there are lots of options available. One particular surgical procedure, however, is continuing to gain ground in popularity. The gastric sleeve procedure, or sleeve gastrectomy, is beginning to overtake gastric bypasses for a few very good reasons.

The gastric sleeve procedure involves the surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach. Roughly 70 percent of its volume (holding capacity) is removed. The stomach is then reshaped to resemble a banana or “sleeve,” to complete the procedure. In addition to shrinking stomach holding capacity, the sleeve procedure also involves the removal of the portion of the stomach that creates hunger-causing hormones.

Although similar in concept to the bypass, the sleeve procedure does have some distinct differences. This operation does not involve the rerouting of the digestive system. That means concerns about vitamin deficiencies are not necessarily present, which is seen by many to be a huge benefit. There are others though, including:

• Effectiveness – Over the course of roughly three years, people tend to lose about 80 percent of their goal weight. They will generally see a stabilization of weight after about five years, but the weight loss benefit tends to continue to assist with maintenance.
• Somewhat less invasive – The sleeve procedure is considered less invasive overall than the gastric bypass simply because the small intestine isn’t rerouted. This, as mentioned, can be a big benefit for those worried about postoperative nutrition. What’s more, the procedure is often performed laparoscopically, which tends to be much less invasive and has a faster recovery time.

For people who are obese, losing weight can dramatically improve health while lowering the risks of serious complications. The gastric sleeve procedure may offer the solution required. To find out more about bariatric surgery and its benefits, consult with a licensed healthcare provider.