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Gastroplasty Surgery in India at Renowned Hospitals of Goa and Kerala at Low Cost

Gastroplasty surgery in India is offered at renowned hospitals of Goa that too at low cost. Hospitals in Goa are equipped with a tremendous staff of skilled and experienced nurses, technologists and surgeons who are committed in providing the most advanced and compassionate in-patient and out-patient care. It is increasingly attracting patients from U.K. and rest of the world. Goa is an interesting location for getting your health propped up and getting those long postponed surgeries done. You have modern facilities, short waiting times and very affordable prices for Gastroplasty surgery, hospital services and medicines. On top of that you will probably recover much faster, with a holiday in an exotic location added as a bonus. Gastroplasty surgery in India at hospitals of Goa is performed by the most experienced surgeons with efficient results.

What is Gastroplasty?

Vertical banded Gastroplasty, or gastroplasty for short, is a medicinal procedure that assists in weight loss. Similar to gastric bypass surgery, Gastroplasty reroutes the digestive system, but unlike gastric bypass surgery, this procedure also minimizes the size of the stomach, consequently restricting the amount of food that can be eaten.

Gastroplasty is also known as ‘stomach stapling’ as it involves vertically stapling the upper part of the stomach into a small pouch of about 20-30mL which is then connected to the rest of the stomach through an small outlet (stoma) of about 10-12mm width. At the lower end of the pouch a band or mesh is often placed to prevent the outlet from widening. The pouch restricts the amount of food that can be eaten at one time because of the slow passage of the food into the remaining stomach which subsequently helps maintain a feeling of fullness.

Indications for Gastroplasty

Following are the indications for Gastroplasty surgery:

  • Weight greater than 45kg above ideal body weight for sex, and height.
  • Body mass index (BMI) greater than 40 by itself or greater than 35 if there is an associated obesity illness, such as diabetes or heart disease
  • Several previous attempts already made using other non-surgical weight loss techniques
  • Aged between 18-65 years
  • Has been at current weight for 3-5 years
  • Has obesity related health problems
  • No drug and alcohol dependency problems or major psychiatric illness
  • Capable of tolerating surgery
  • Understands the risks and long term commitment associated with the surgery.
  • Patient motivation and willingness to commit to behavioural and lifestyle changes following surgery and is committed to long term follow up.
  • Is not pregnant and not planning a pregnancy within the first two years after surgery

Gastroplasty Procedure

Gastroplasty is performed under general anesthetic and takes about one hour. The procedure involves making a hole in both layers of the stomach with a circular stapling device to create an opening through which a stapler could be passed. The stomach is then divided using staples to create a small pouch closest to the oesophagus. The end of the pouch is narrowed to create a small outlet of about 10-12mm width which leads into the remainder of the stomach. This outlet is reinforced with a silastic ring which prevents it from stretching. Following Gastroplasty surgery, patients will feel full after eating only small amount of food and also stay full longer thus leading to a drastic reduction in calorie-intake. Most weight loss occurs in the first six-months to a year following surgery. Further success is dependant on a patient’s compliance with a strict diet and exercise regime.

Benefits of Gastroplasty

Gastroplasty is generally a quick and safe procedure in comparison to many of the other weight loss operations and now with laparoscopic method available also reduces the risk of certain complications. It also has a very low mortality rate in comparison to other surgeries. The procedure is reversible as the digestive tract is left intact and there is also less risk of infection.

Because Gastroplasty does not involve alterations of the anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract there are no effects of such as those seen in malabsorption surgeries. Nutritional deficiencies such as anaemia are uncommon with less than 3% of those undergoing VGB experiencing deficiencies as opposed to 17% patients with gastric bypass. In addition, maintaining a normal anatomy also allows passage of an endoscope if necessary later on.

Why Goa?

Goa is very well prepared to service foreigners when it comes to health care. Gastroplasty surgery in India is preferred because of infrastructure and technology in which India is at par with developed countries and has some of the best hospitals and treatment centers in the world with the best facilities. Outcome of the surgery is best as the surgeons are well versed in treating international patients and have much experience in their respective fields. Apart from the best services patients are benefited from low cost.

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