Obesity is a chronic disease associated with the excessive fat accumulation. Due to its common occurrence and continuous increase in the prevalence worldwide it has been recognized as the epidemic of the 21st century by WHO. Diet, physical activity and pharmacological treatment are an alterative for surgical treatment, although they are often ineffective in achieving significant, long-term weight loss in case of morbid obesity.
Indications for surgical treatment of obesity include:
- Body mass index (BMI) ≥ 40 kg/m2
- Body mass index (BMI) 35–40 kg/m2 with obesity – related diseases such as:
– type 2 diabetes mellitus;
– cardiovascular diseases;
– obstructive sleep apnea;
– obesity hypoventilation syndrome;
– joint disorders requiring surgery;
– non-alcoholic fatty liver disease;
– female infertility including polycystic ovarian syndrome;
– relevant social and psychological indications;
– situations, when obesity is a reason for disqualification from a significant form of surgical treatment e.g. orthopedics surgery, hernia repair or neurosurgical procedures.
- Body mass index (BMI) 30–34.9 kg/m2 and type 2 diabetes mellitus in the event of hyperglycemia despite optimal pharmacological treatment.
Bariatric procedures are grouped in three main categories that include:
- Sleeve gastrectomy
- Adjustable gastric band
- Intragastric balloon
- Biliopancreatic diversion or Scopinaro procedure
Restrictive – malabsorptive procedures:
- Gastric bypass
- Minigastric bypass
- Single anastomosis duodenal – ileal bypass (SADI)
- Single anastomosis sleeve – ileal bypass (SASI)
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB) is type of restrictive weight-loss procedure, in which an inflatable silicone device in placed around the top portion of the stomach. A special port for band regulation is placed in the skin usually in the left costal area. Both elements are connected by a tube that allows the surgeon to fill the band with saline. The amount of saline introduced to the band regulates the width of the channel connecting upper and lower part of the stomach. After the procedure, the patients has to attend control visits in order to adjust the band to the current size of the stomach.