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Bariatric Surgery: An Answer to the Big ‘O’

Dr Nandakishore Dukkipati


Laparoscopic roux-en-y gastric bypass
This procedure combines the restrictive factor by reducing the amount of food that can be consumed, and adds the component of mal-absorption by re-routing the small intestine.


This procedure, till date, is considered as the ‘gold standard’ among weight loss procedures. It involves creation of a gastric pouch, which is completely separated from the remainder of stomach, and is re-attached to the small intestine. There is another additional attachment (anastamosis) between two loops of the small intestine to facilitate the flow of food material. Due to the component of mal-absorption, some may experience deficiency in vitamins, calcium, iron etc. These components can be supplemented successfully to avoid such issues.

Regardless of the procedure performed, the efficacy of these surgical procedures is currently unquestionable. The picture below suggests the significant improvement in quality of life after such surgeries.


As time moves forward with relentless fervor, do not wait for the next New Year eve ball to work towards the resolutions you already made to improve your quality of life. Make every day count towards your success in achieving your personal goals.


Dr Nandakishore Dukkipati is Director – Center for Bariatric Surgery, Apollo Health City, Hyderabad.

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