Obesity is a problem that develops in people of all ages, including the elderly. Although there are preventive steps to control and treat obesity in the elderly, weight-loss surgery is also done for people over 65 years of age. A new study shows that weight loss surgery can be beneficial for older people to achieve successful weight loss and diabetes control and improve quality of life.
Globally,obesity is an untreated disease that needs to be prevented and addressed in health, economic and government policies by proposing effective measures because the number of overweight people in the world is currently estimated at 1.7 billion. Obesity was declared an epidemic by the World Health Organization in 1990. Weight loss operations have long been used to treat and prevent obesity. However, this surgery is less recommended in people who are overweight over 65 years because of increased risk with health related issues. However, this age group can have a reduced quality of life if they are overweight as obesity is associated with an increased risk of:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Certain types of cancer (endometrium, chest cavity and large intestine)
- Many other diseases.
The prevalence of obesity in India and western countries has more than doubled in the last decade. Morbid obesity affects the quality of life. But for adults, it only weakens. Sometimes it becomes tough to do daily activities alone and need help for self-care. These are people who have the maximum benefits and can be done quite safely if all necessary precautions are taken.
Dr Venugopal Pareek Best Bariatric surgeon in Hyderabad offers various types of bariatric surgery that can promote safe and fast weight loss in older people. Dr Venugopal Pareek would like to discuss that bariatric surgery in the elderly is safe.
What is bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery?
Bariatric surgery is a weight loss surgery that is recommended for patients with severe obesity and cannot lose enough weight to improve their health. It’s also available for overweight older people who already have health problems related to obesity and need immediate intervention, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Bariatric surgery can help improve many health problems caused by obesity, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
Bariatric surgery can be restrictive and aims to reduce calorie intake by reducing gastric capacity and malabsorption. Restrictive procedures include:
- Laparoscopic gastric banding (LAGB),
- Ring Silastic gastroplasty (SRG),
- Vertical band gastroplasty (VBG)
- Sleeve gastrectomy (SG).
Malabsorption bariatric procedures are:
- Biliopancreatic transfer (BPD
- Roux-en-Y (RYGB) gastric bypass
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Why is the surgery needed?
Bariatric surgery is not necessary for all people who are overweight. But for people who are overweight, and there is no better choice than bariatric surgery. With joint pain, weaker muscles and lower energy levels, they cannot carry their weight. It’s hard to lose weight with an exercise which is almost impossible for them and dieting alone will not work. If bariatric surgery is not performed on time, their weight increases quickly, and they are bound to a bed or chair, then the problem just multiples.
Also, the treatment of many of the diseases mentioned above is more difficult because of obesity. For this reason, bariatric surgery before surgery is often recommended for many diseases. For example, in cases of obesity, bariatric surgery before knee replacement or kidney or liver transplantation is recommended. Without weight loss, the results of this operation will be compromised, and thus necessary.
Can elder patients undergo bariatric surgery?
Yes, people aged 60 or over can undergo bariatric surgery and benefit from health benefits. Losing weight can help people who are overweight of all ages. Although individual health benefits are associated with bariatric surgery, and a way to improve the overall quality of life. Before that!
Careful screening of patients for bariatric surgery
Although the overall risk of complications in older patients may not be higher, we recognize that the health situation varies from patient to patient. Regardless of your age, we will examine you carefully and review your medical history to determine whether bariatric surgery can be performed safely. This is why the consultation process is an essential part of developing a surgical weight loss plan.
The most crucial step while contemplating surgery is deciding whether or not you’re the right candidate for surgery, and if you are, then elaborating the step by step process of the surgery. This may include your current health and prior medical procedures, previous weight loss programs, Psychological status, medical conditions, among other factors that can impact your outcome. After your surgeon details the benefits and risks of bariatric surgery, it is very important to follow your doctor’s recommendations.
Weight loss surgery on adult adults is safe, but depends on the patient Health:
This age group could continue to benefit from weight loss surgery and reduce complications from obesity. Dealing with obesity and diabetes in old age is a challenge. There is a lot of scepticism about carrying out weight-loss surgery in patients over 65 years of age. Many studies show that this procedure is effective in helping older people lose weight and weight-related complications.
In patients who had type 2 diabetes and used insulin, patients no longer needed insulin, while the dose of the others was reduced. There are no side effects besides vitamin D deficiency, which is also thought to occur in younger patients who undergo bariatric surgery.
Increased life span can be seen after weight loss and reduces or minimizes comorbidities associated with obesity later in life, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and the development of certain types of cancer.
What Are the Results of Bariatric Surgery in Overweight Adults?
Decreases the chances of:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Decreases complications of pregnancy, menstrual irregularity, stress incontinence, and depression
- Obstructive sleep apnea and respiratory problems are controlled
- High blood pressure/cholesterol are controlled
- Control of Gallbladder disease
- Controlled Arthritis
- Reduces chances of Endometrial, breast, prostate, and colon cancer
- Yes, bariatric surgery is indeed a significant operation. Like all significant operations, bariatric surgery also poses risks. The risk is higher in elderly patients and patients with some medical problems. However, it is also true that this risk can be reduced significantly if taken with appropriate precautions and in a standardized manner. Bariatric surgery is very often done with very good results in the elderly. And the benefits of this operation far outweigh the risks.
Dr Venugopal Pareek routinely performs all types of bariatric and metabolic operations, as well as other advanced laparoscopic procedures related to gastric. Our results meet international standards and high patient satisfaction. We have a large number of older obese patients who have benefited significantly from bariatric surgery. We focus not only on doing the surgery well but also on the general welfare of patients.
We understand the struggles and problems faced by obese people and how this affects their health and quality of life. We also understand the challenges they face after the operation and are ready to meet them. This is the reason why Dr Venugopal Pareek is considered by our patients as the best doctor for obesity treatment.
For more information about weight loss surgery and whether or not it’s the right option for you, be sure to contact Dr Venugopal Pareek is an experienced bariatric surgeon. Our team is here to help you make the best possible decisions for you and your needs. You can reach us at +91 91-777-77715.
Dr. VenuGopalPareek is one of the best Bariatric Surgeon in Hyderabad. Trust us for all bariatric procedures like gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric band, and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. Also we are adept at with minimally invasive surgery (Laparoscopic surgery). Consult us for any surgical procedures which can be performed using Laparoscopy for faster recovery and reduced hemorrhaging/pain.