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Weight Loss Surgery Glossary: Definitions of Bariatric Terms

Bariatric Surgeon / Weight Loss Surgeon

A physician or surgeon who performs a wide range of weight loss surgery procedures.

 

Bariatric Surgery

A collection of weight loss surgical procedures to change the patient’s digestive system in order to help them lose weight, normally used after trying diet and exercise which did not work, and the patient has serious concern about overweight health problems.

 

BMI

Also knowns as body mass index, a measure of body fat indirect with score, based on height and weight.

 

BMI Calculator

Used to calculate your body mass index.

 

Endoscopy

A medical procedure used to examine inside of the body. An endoscopy is used to check and examine the interior of a hollow organ or cavity inside the body. Normally be inserted into the organ directly.

 

Gallstones

A Gallstone involves a stone that os formed out of precipitated bile components within the gallbladder.

 

Gastrectomy

Using surgery to remove part or all of the stomach.

 

Gastric Bypass Surgery

A surgery procedure to reduce up to 90% of the stomach ‘holding’ capacity volume. Gastric Bypass divides the stomach into two parts, a smaller upper pouch and a larger lower pouch, followed by reconnecting the small intestine to the smaller segment.

 

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

It is an irreversible surgery procedure that remove a large portion (up to 85%) of the stomach permanently, the entire gastric system will be affected. The result structure of the stomach is like a sleeve or tube.

 

Gastroscopy

An examination that uses a flexible telescope inside the stomach, oesophagus (gullet or food pipe), and duodenum (upper part of the small bowel).

 

Hernia

A condition where there is abnormal protrusion of an organ through the body cavity that usually contains it. Common areas are groin, umbilicus and diaphragm (hiatus hernia).

 

Laparoscopy

An operation using small incisions (usually 0.5–1.5 cm) with a camera aid, performed in the abdomen or pelvis.

 

Lap Band

Also known as laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB) or Gastric Band, an adjustable silicon-based device that placed around the top of the stomach in order to reduce food consumption.

 

Lap Band Removal

Removal of the lap band device which is an adjustable silicon-based device that placed around the top of the stomach for weight loss purposes.

 

Lap Band Surgery (Gastric Band Surgery)

A surgery that place an adjustable silicon-based device around the top of the stomach to reduce patient food intake, the device is configured with the requirements of individual patients and can be removed later on in life.

 

Obesity

A person who is more than 20% over their target BMI, involving excessive body fat. A BMI of more than 30 is classified as Obesity by WHO.

 

Post Op Bariatric Surgery Care

The care you receive after a bariatric surgical procedure.

 

Revisional Conversion Bariatric Surgery

A Revisional Surgery performed on patients who have already had a bariatric treatment previously and wish to alter the weight loss surgery type either for complications like reflux or inadequate weight loss.

 

SADI-S/SIPS Procedure

Also known as Single anastomosis duodeno-ileal switch (SADI-S) or Stomach Intestine Sparing Surgery (SIPS).

SADI-S is an irreversible surgery procedure that remove roughly 70% of the stomach permanently, the entire gastric system will be affected in order to reduce food consumption. The resulted structure of the stomach is like a sleeve or tube. Also, the small intestine will be reconnected.

 

SASI surgery

The single anastomosis stomach-ileal bypass with sleeve gastrectomy (SASI-S) is a mixed surgical operation based on gastric sleeve and intestinal bypass.

 

Sleeve Gastrectomy

A weight-loss surgical procedure  aimed to reduce the stomach to about 15% of its original size. The result structure of the stomach is like a sleeve or tube.

 

Weight Loss Surgery

A variety of surgery procedures performed on people who are obese and wish to lose weight.

 

Weight Loss Surgery Consultation

A health advice or treatment meeting between a patient and a weight loss surgeon which involves discussing weight loss options.

 

Weight Loss Surgery Patient

A person who is receiving or aiming to receive bariatric surgery.