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May 11, 2018

Obesity is one of the modern-day scourges that now affect almost everyone. Changing lifestyle patterns, work-life balance, eating habits and stress levels has made obesity a global epidemic. Obesity results in various other health complications and therefore it is imperative to fight obesity right at the beginning. Weight-loss (bariatric) surgery helps you lose weight and lowers your risk of medical problems associated with obesity. Bariatric surgery contributes to weight loss in two main ways:

  • Restriction. Surgery is used to physically limit the amount of food the stomach can hold, which limits the number of calories you can eat.
  • Malabsorption. Surgery is used to shorten or bypass part of the small intestine, which reduces the number of calories and nutrients the body absorbs.


Type of Bariatric Surgery

Gastric Banding – Credited to be the safest weight loss surgery, gastric banding reduces weight using an adjustable silicone band. A surgeon used laparoscopy to insert the band around the upper part of the stomach. This causes the stomach to be able to hold only about an ounce of food. Adjustable gastric banding results in 40% weight loss post-surgery. However, the results differ with the patient. Vertical banded gastroplasty is another variant of gastric banding. In this technique, the part of the

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May 2, 2017

What is a Hernia?

A hernia is an abnormal protrusion of part of the intestines through a weak part of the abdomen, that is, part of the guts is poking through the abdominal wall. Normally, the front of the abdomen has several layers 3 4 comprising of skin then fat then muscles and broad ligaments. Underneath all these lie the intestines (guts). If, for any reason, there is a weak point in the muscles or ligaments, part of the intestines push through. You can then feel a soft lump under the skin. Inguinal hernia occurs when a portion of the small intestine enters the inguinal canal.

Where do they occur?

The most common site is in the groin as the groin is often the weakest point of the abdomen. However, hernias can be found sometimes at other sites eg. next to the navel (belly button) or under an old operation scar. 5

What are the symptoms?

Sometimes they are noticed after a strain, for example, lifting a heavy

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May 2, 2017

What is GERD?

GERD is the abbreviation for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. This comprises of all symptoms arising due to reflux of stomach contents to food pipe. GERD is also called acid reflux or acid regurgitation. It is a chronic condition and causes damage to the mucous membranes, by the abnormal reflux in the oesophagus (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach).

What causes GERD?

GERD occurs when the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) relaxes inappropriately for long durations causing acid to reflux to oesophagus. It primarily occurs when the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) opens spontaneously, for varying periods of time. It also happens when the LES does not close properly and contents of the stomach rise up into the oesophagus. The LES is a muscle ring that lies at the bottom of the oesophagus. It acts like a valve between the oesophagus and the stomach. When acid reflux occurs, and the refluxed stomach acid touches the lining of the oesophagus, a burning sensation can be felt in the chest or throat. This is commonly called heartburn or acid indigestion.

Symptoms of GERD

Frequent heartburn or acid indigestion (burning in the lower part of the mid-chest, behind the breast bone, and in the mid-abdomen) is the most common symptom of GERD. However, many children under 12 and some adults may experience a dry cough, asthma, sore thr

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May 2, 2017

What is acid peptic disease?

Acid peptic disease – commonly called APD – includes a number of conditions. All these conditions are the result of damage from acid and peptic activity in gastric secretions. APD occurs when the acid starts irritating the inner cells (mucosal layer) of the stomach. Acid peptic diseases mostly affect the oesophagus, stomach, and duodenum.

What causes acid peptic disease?

Acid peptic diseases are caused by the excessive presence of acid and pepsin. The two main types of acid peptic diseases are gastric and duodenal ulcer. However, they can also occur at the GJ Stoma, lower end of oesophagus, and Meckel’s diverticulum. According to duration and complexity of symptoms they can be acute or chronic.

What are the symptoms of acid peptic disease?

A digestive function disorder, acid peptic disease is characterised by dyspepsia (discomfort, heartburn, or nausea). However, the classic symptom of peptic ulcer disease, is defined as pain centered in the upper abdomen or discomfort characterised by fullness, bloating, distention, or nausea. Factors contributing to acid peptic disorder Acid peptic disorder results when the balance between the aggressive and defensive factors in the gastroduodenal mucosa is disrupted. This balance could be disrupted by factors such as H pylori infection, NSAID (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug)

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December 23, 2016

What is a Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)?

SILS is a revolutionary new way of performing laparoscopic surgery in which only one small (20mm) incision is made to carry out an operation. Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery is an advance minimally invasive approach in which the surgeon operates almost exclusively through a single entry point, typically the patients belly button. All of the instruments necessary for the surgery are used through this single incision. With this new technique, pain and discomfort are reduced to minimum and recovery time is quicker.

How is SILS different from traditional laparoscopic surgery?

Over the last decade laparoscopic surgery has replaced open surgery in the treatment of several diseases. In traditional laparoscopic surgery, the abdomen is filled with carbon dioxide gas to create a space for the surgeon to work in. Tubes called ports are then inserted through three to four small cuts, each measuring around ½-1 cm. A telescope attached to a camera inserted through one of the ports allows the surgical team to observe a magnified picture of the internal organs on a television screen. The surgeon carries out the surgery with the help of instruments introduced through these ports. In SILS, the surgeon makes only one incision of around 20mm c(commonly just below the navel) to create a specially designe

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