Gastric Problems and solutions

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Beware... Obesity is now a global epidemic..

The number of overweight people in industrialized countries has increased significantly in recent years so that the WHO has called it an epidemic. In the States, 69% of the adults are overweight or obese. In Canada, the self-reported data shows that 40% of males and 27% of females are overweight. In India, the figures are not this high but the growth rate is dynamic.

Obese people are at a much higher risk for grave medical conditions such as raging blood pressure, heart problems, stroke, diabetes, gallbladder diseases, and different cancers than people who are healthy.

What are the causes of Obesity?

Obesity occurs when the human body takes in more calories than it burns.  Research shows that in certain cases, certain genetic factors might cause the changes in appetite and fat metabolism that lead to obesity.

Certain medical problems such as binge eating disorder (BED), Cushing’s disease, and polycystic ovary syndrome can also lead to weight gain and obesity. BED is a disorder where a human has repeated episodes of binge eating. During these episodes, the individual eats a huge portion of food quickly and feels a lack of control over eating.

How is it Treated?

Changing your lifestyle
Obesity is managed and treated to decrease the health dangers caused by fatness and to improve the value of life.  What's significant is to eat a healthy, balanced diet to lose weight effectively, and to sustain a healthy weight, requires lifelong modifications in eating and exercise habits as well as an understanding of emotional issues that lead to overindulging. Regular physical activity is a significant part of weight administration.

Medical intervention
Speak to your doctor about whether medications are an option for you. Surgery is only considered when other weight administration options have not been fruitful. There are many forms of obesity opertaions, but often operation reduces the size of the belly so that only a small quantity of food can be eaten comfortably. 

Some of the terms used to describe the operations used to treat obesity include:
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Laparoscopic band surgery
  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
  • Stomach "stapling"
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery : An Easy Way To Lose Weight

Being on the wrong side of BMI, is not just unhealthy, it opens the door to a host of disease as well. Obesity is a growing concern today what with its affinity to conditions like heart disorder and other lifestyle disease, not to mention being a subject of ‘plump’ jokes.

Although many methods of weight loss treatments are practised today, weight loss surgeries are gaining in popularity today. Many cases of obesity cannot be brought under control by lifestyle modifications involving diet and exercise alone. Hence the popularity of weight loss surgery, Tamil Nadu, one of the best in the country.

The most popular technique of laparoscopic bariatric surgery Chennai, is laparoscopic gastric band surgery or lap band surgery. They are known to be effective in bringing down the Body Mass Index (BMI) below 30.

Lap Band Surgery

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band surgery (LAGB) involves the placement of an adjustable gastric band in the upper portion of the stomach. This is done through a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure. The band is connected to the abdomen walls through a port under the abdominal skin.

The band made of silicone is adjusted by pumping in saline too tighten it or draining out the saline to loosen it. The saline transfer is conducted through the port. The band helps in restricting the size of the stomach which in turn limits the food intake. A banded stomach feels full and achieves satiation with lesser amount of food, leading to weight loss.

Scope Of Lap Band Procedure

The procedure of lap band or LAGB is effective in reducing weight of people, with a BMI over 40. They are conducted in people with BMI in the range 35 to 40, in case they are suffering from conditions like hypertension or high cholesterol. They are performed only in patients over the age of 18 years.
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fighting Obesity with Weight Loss Surgeries

Opening the doors to several grave diseases, obesity have risen into one of the major health concerns today. With the recent lifestyle and dietary habits bearing much of the blame, the issue of obesity is not to be taken lightly. An increase in heart disease, diabetes, irregular blood pressure and the sort are known to have their roots deep in the obesity factor.
Defined with a BMI (Body Mass Index) above the 30, obesity is not just an aesthetic concern. It is a health disorder caused due to an accumulation excess fat. A well followed diet, regular exercise and a few tweaks in the daily life routines can help control obesity to a great extent. However, in some, these techniques do not bring about a marked or visible change.

Prescription medicines and surgery are alternative solutions to address the obesity concern when the other simpler methods of cure fail.
Causes of obesity
The causes of obesity can be traced back to the genetic, hormonal or behavioural disposition of man. A dietary routine which involves a daily intake of high calorie food with no outlet to spent them is one of the major reasons of excess weight gain. Some disease conditions can also cause obesity due to their influence on the body’s metabolism.
Treatment for obesity
The goal of obesity treatment is to gradually decrease the body weight to help restore the patient’s health and wellbeing. The main treatment regimen includes diet control, exercises, lifestyle changes, prescription medications and weight loss surgeries.
Obesity and its surgeries
Obesity surgery is done when all other measures fails to bring about a difference. The surgeries for weight reduction are commonly called bariatric surgery and involve methods to decrease the intake of food by manipulating the stomach structure and its function. The several types of bariatric surgeries include: -
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding
  • Sleeve gastrectomy
  • Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch.
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Friday, March 3, 2017

Get Treated For Gastroesophageal Cancer

Gastroesophageal cancer is a condition when there is a growth of carcinoma cells anywhere in the gastric line, that is, right from the oesophagus to the stomach. It is very rare that such a medical condition is detected very early. Usually endoscopy and CT scan are the methods used to diagnose this disease. MRI scans are also suggested by some doctors. Usually an endoscopy is followed by a biopsy to confirm the disease. The best treatment for gastroesophageal cancer in Chennai is provided at an affordable cost by Dr. Premkumar Balachandran, an eminent gastro surgeon in India.
A change in many of the factors ranging from the diet, body structure and obesity to lower incidence of the bacteria Heliobacter Pylori are all some factors that have caused the change in the epidemiology and trouble in detecting the disease.

How is gastroesophageal cancer treated?

The mode of treatment for gastroesophageal cancer is decided on the basis of the stage of the cancer and health of patient. For healthy people, mostly the treatment starts with a chemotherapy which may be followed by surgery. In case of small tumours, it has been found that surgery alone would be sufficient.

The main aim of treatment is to provide relief from symptoms that may be arised due to the disease and to keep the disease under control as long as possible. Often targeted drugs are also made use of.

Dr. Premkumar Balachandran provides the best treatment for gastroesophageal cancer in Chennai. Specialised in gastro surgeries, the doctor can help treat the disease better and restore the patient’s health.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Do You Have Persistent Stomach Problems?

Gastro-Intestinal Cancer is a term used to represent a group of cancers that affect the digestive system. Cancers to the oesophagus, gall bladder, liver, pancreas, stomach, small intestine, bowel and anus are all gastro-intestinal cancers. This form of cancer does not discriminate much between men and women and is slowly becoming more common.

Patients experience difficulty when the tumour in their stomach slowly becomes bigger. Difficulty in swallowing food, indigestion, vomiting or choking can all be symptoms of a gastro intestinal cancer.
Most commonly found in old people. Alcohol, smoking and obesity are usually seen to be the more dangerous causative factors for this type of cancer. People with an acid reflux may have higher possibility of such a cancer. Barret’s Esophagus might also evolve into a gastro intestine cancer. Accidental swallowing of caustic substances can also prove to promote cancer in the gastrointestinal region.
An oesophagram or a barium swallow is a test used to consider the possibility of such a disease. An endoscopy can also be used to view the interior of the oesophagus. This can be followed by a biopsy test to confirm the presence of the disease. Endoscopic ultra sound is another method to view in detail the walls of the oesophagus and understand the changes in the oesophagus.
The treatment method to be undertaken depends on the state and stage of the cancer. It takes into account the age of the patient. The preferences of the patient will also be considered before making a decision on the final treatment methods. The main treatment of gastro-intestinal cancer begins with a surgery usually.
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