Alternatives for NHS Bariatric Surgery
Before knowing the alternatives for NHS Bariatric Surgery, we should know about is NHS Bariatric Surgery. Because before understanding it how can we understand alternatives?
What is NHS Bariatric Surgery?
The surgery is done for losing the weight of the person who is overweight i.e. they are having obesity problem. If a person has a body mass index of 30kg/m2 or more then he is in the category of obesity. We can call that person overweight.
There is an eligibility criterion by NHS for getting the surgery done of the patients. These are as follows:
- A person who has a body mass index of more than 35kg/m2 or has diabetes that has been identified within the last 10 years and high blood pressure problem.
- A person who has a body mass index of more than 50kg/m2
What is the Alternative for NHS Bariatric Surgery?
As many people don’t prefer to go for an operation because of their fear of something like that, they can go endoscopic bariatric and metabolic therapies (EBMTs).
In this procedure, the volume of the stomach or other parts is altered to treat obesity. It is performed by using a small, flexible scope that is inserted through the mouth of the patient. This has lesser chances of risk of complications. There are two procedures in new endoscopic therapy, are as follows:
Endoscopic Sleeve gastroplasty (ESG): In this doctor sutures the stomach to make it smaller. It is performed by inserting a thin tube into the stomach and mouth. ESG is done on patients whose body mass index is more than 30. It takes approx 2 hours to perform the procedure.
Intragastric Balloon: it is a silicone balloon that is placed in the stomach that limits the amount of food the stomach can hold. The camera and balloon are placed through endoscopy by using the thin tube that is placed in the stomach or mouth. By seeing in camera doctor performs the full procedure in half an hour. Balloons are left in place for some period and after that, they got removed by using endoscopy.