Patients Inspired by Empowering Bariatric Surgery Results in Spain

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07/16/2014 - Medical Tourism
By: Kai Wade | Director of Communications & Social Media

Obesity affects one in five individuals of the general population in the United States. For many individuals, dieting and exercise are rarely enough to overcome the unwarranted disease, if even produce any weight loss results.  

Bariatric surgeons in Spain are offering patients across the globe hope of significant and lasting weight loss. While it is estimated that nearly 300,000 individuals a year die from obesity and obesity-related diseases — more than 10,000 gastric band and bypass surgeries take place every year.

Spain offers a wide range of medical and surgical options to help patients become healthier and achieve their weight goals. Multidisciplinary teams in Spain include experienced surgeon, dietitians and psychologists with expertise in gastric bypass and other minimally invasive procedures.

Medical conditions related to obesity include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, stroke, arthritis, and several types of cancer.  Psychological effects can be correspondingly distressing and include shame, guilt, and depression.

Spotlight – Cirumed Weight Loss Surgery Clinic

Pioneering efforts at Cirumed Weight Loss Surgery Clinic  in Marbella, Spain have created one of the most experienced weight loss centers in the world. With a multidisciplinary, dedicated team, Cirumed focuses on the tools and information you and you’re family need to face the devastating challenges of obesity — not just physically, but emotionally as well.

The program in Marbella is dedicated to providing the best treatment options with advancing technology, surgical techniques, and continuing education.  The clinic offers a full range of state-of-the-art laparoscopic surgical procedures, including:  

Gastric Bypass Surgery - Gastric bypass is a surgery that reduces the size of the stomach and is the most common type of gastric bypass surgery in the United States

Gastric Banding (Lap Band) - Gastric banding is a surgery where an adjustable silicone band is placed around the upper portion of the stomach, reducing food intake.

Sleeve Gastrectomy - sleeve gastrectomy is a surgery that consists of removing a majority of the stomach and creating a new stomach nearly the shape of a banana.

Weight loss surgery at Cirumed offers patients a compassionate, individualized program with regular monitoring to ensure that weight is lost in a healthy manner.

Weight Loss and Type-2 Diabetes

According to updated NICE guidance, obese individuals with type-2 diabetes should be presented options for bariatric surgery.

Commenting on the new draft guidance, Professor Mark Baker states, “Updated evidence suggests people who are obese and have been recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes may benefit from weight loss surgery. More than half of people who undergo surgery have more control over their diabetes following surgery and are less likely to have diabetes related illness; in some cases surgery can even reverse the diagnosis. The existing recommendations around weight loss surgery have not changed.”

Healthcare providers should apply lesser thresholds to individuals from African, Caribbean, Asian and other minority ethnic groups than to those of European descent. Once patients have been discharged from bariatric surgery, clinicians and surgeons need to ensure that all weight loss patients are offered at least annual monitoring of nutritional status and appropriate supplementation.

To learn more about weight loss surgery, find a bariatric surgeon near you.

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