Bariatric Surgery in Israel

Obesity is known to be one of the serious epidemics of the modern era. Severe obesity is extremely hard to treat by diet and exercise alone. Surgical intervention is the next course of action when other methods have failed. Overall, Obesity has a detrimental effect on the patient’s health and wellbeing, putting them at risk of developing many serious, chronic conditions that may shorten their lifespan.

Weight Loss Surgery

Bariatrics is the field of medicine that deals with obesity, offering a number of surgical procedures (of the stomach and/ or colon) that may put an end to the disease and be of benefit to the patient. Bariatric surgery can be complicated (pre- and post- surgery) and the patient will have to make indefinite lifestyle habits, but the results of the surgery in general, drastically improve the patient’s health and influence their weight loss.

The Bariatric Department at Herzliya Medical Center operate professionally and responsibly, dedicating all its energy in achieving a successful outcome for each patient. Following bariatric surgery in Israel, the patient can continue to maintain a normal, healthier lifestyle by adapting to various lifestyle changes and following a strict, controlled program of diet and exercise. Weight loss surgery has become one of the most popular surgeries in the Western World.

What is my BMI?

Overweight and obesity deviation is determined mainly by a person’s Body Mass Index (BMI) and is calculated by a person’s weight and height. Calculate your BMI below:

  • A BMI between 20-25 is considered a normal weight
  • BMI 35-40 is considered obese and is linked with related health issues like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and/ or cholesterol, sleep apnea and cardiovascular damage (to name a few)
  • BMI of 40, severely obese

However, it should be noted that obesity is also defined by the percentage of abnormal body fat tissue; this is in accordance with an international table that determines the recommended weight.

What is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) is conducted by constricting the stomach, resection or bypassing a part of the stomach. The result of most of these surgeries is that a person can no longer consume as much food as before; this surgery drastically reduces the actual physical amount of food consumed, the patient feels fuller faster.

What Are The Requirements for Bariatric Surgery?

Doctors who specialize in bariatric surgery in Israel state that a patient is suitable for weight loss surgery if they have an exceptionally high personal BMI of 40 or higher - this a situation that requires urgent surgery. Incidentally, there are patients with a BMI index of 60, which is already an extreme case that may lead to death.

However, patients with a BMI of 35 or less can also opt for treatment in Israel; especially recommended if they suffer from other diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, abnormal cholesterol level and more. In this situation, a patient must undergo extensive screening to determine whether they are eligible for any of the weight loss procedures. Following this, a consultation with the specialist will advise the best-suited, appropriate surgery to the patient.

Types of Bariatric Surgeries:

As noted, there are four types of surgeries performed in operating theaters worldwide, among which three are detailed:

  • Adjustable Gastric band - known also as lap-band, is in fact the simplest surgical procedure of all the bariatric surgery types. A sort of pouch is created during surgery by placing a narrow ring at the top of the stomach. In this way, most of the solid food cannot reach the stomach itself, and the result - less intake of food.
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy (or gastric sleeve) - is just that, making the stomach organ long and narrow like a sleeve. Part of the stomach is removed and a new sleeve-shaped stomach is created. This method helps you feel full quicker than before and you cannot digest a lot of food. The doctors use a stapling device.
  • Gastric bypass - is the most common surgery in the United States in the field of Bariatric surgery. The surgeon divides the stomach into two parts and creates a gastric pouch, a small volume of 30 cc, which leads directly into the small intestine and bypasses the stomach. As a result, the patient will feel full and eat less food. By bypassing a portion of the small intestine, less calories are absorbed.

Every weight loss surgery has its advantages and disadvantages that may be expressed differently depending on the patient’s medical status. A follow-up for these surgeries is also required; this includes monitoring diet, lifestyle and any related medical conditions. It is important that a patient will be able to adapt to this drastic surgery, and change their lifestyle habits and diet.

Herzliya Medical Center, a leading private hospital in Israel, will gladly assist in any questions you may have regarding bariatric surgery or other weight loss strategies that you can apply before turning to these procedures. Herzliya Medical Center personnel will accompany you and offer full guidance regarding treatment in Israel, to ensure that the surgery and post-surgery will be successful and that all necessary follow-ups are undertaken. The hospital is dedicated in enhancing a healthy lifestyle and a prolonged life for each patient.

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