Bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery  - GVM International
Patients are admitted for surgical treatment of severe obesity and related metabolic disorders.
Throughout the process, the patient is followed by a multidisciplinary team of specialists including:
  • a bariatric surgeon
  • a psychiatrist
  • a nutritionist
  • an endocrinologist
  • an internist
and if necessary:
  • a pulmonologist
  • a cardiologist
 
This multidisciplinary approach makes it possible to study all the particulars of the patient's individual case to gain a detailed picture so we can propose a personalised course of therapy, optimising the chances of successful surgery.

Pathologies treated

Obesity and the metabolic disorders it causes.

Obesity

Obesity is a real pathology that involves each and every aspect of a patient’s personal life, including the psychological and the emotional, plus it has serious repercussions on internal organ health. It mainly affects the digestive system organs, the heart, blood vessels and lungs. However, it can have pathological effects on the reproductive and musculoskeletal systems as well. It almost always triggers metabolic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidaemia.

Metabolic diseases: diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidaemia

The metabolic dysfunctions triggered by obesity will in turn lead to other pathological conditions, particularly those affecting the heart and blood vessels. They also increase the risk of serious ischaemic events such as heart attack or stroke. Diabetes is a metabolic disease, which can have very severe complications, such as diabetic foot, diabetic retinopathy and loss of nerve sensitivity. In addition, it can cause severe kidney dysfunction, forcing the patient into dialysis.

Other metabolic diseases related to diabetes are hypertension and dyslipidaemia.
Hypertension causes headaches, dizziness and light-headedness, tinnitus, impaired vision and can lead to heart attacks, aortic aneurysms and other forms of heart disease, as well as kidney and eye diseases. Forms of dyslipidaemia, such as hypercholesterolaemia and hypertriglyceridaemia, can also worsen the risk of ischaemic heart disease.
 
Obesity, diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidaemia are closely linked and frequently occur in association. Given the additional pathological complications they bring, they represent a serious health risk for the bariatric patient.

Outpatient services

The treatment of obesity is complex and requires the intervention of a large team of specialists.
Although today surgery is the only form of treatment that has any significant effect on severe obesity, the preparatory phase — performed in the outpatient clinic — is essential to providing the patient with a highly personalised treatment plan that increases the chances of surgical success.

Specialist visits

The outpatient clinic performs the following examinations:
  • pre-surgical
  • endocrinological
  • nutritional
  • internal
  • psychiatric
The purpose of the examinations is to prepare for bariatric surgery, which is then performed on an in-patient basis at the facility.
If required by the patient's clinical picture, additional specialists, such as a pulmonologist, cardiologist, gynaecologist, orthopaedist, etc., may be involved.


 

Diagnostics

In cooperation with the diagnostics and laboratory departments, diagnostic tests may be performed to plan the treatment process and assess the patient's clinical picture.
The tests most commonly prescribed for bariatric patients are:
  • ECG
  • Gastroscopy
  • Blood tests
  • Echocardiogram
  • Spirometry
Further examinations may be prescribed if the patient has any known or suspected comorbidities that must be investigated prior to surgery.
 

Post-surgical follow-up

Patients who have already undergone surgery receive check-ups and post-surgical follow-up at the clinic, which must continue over time.
These visits are absolutely necessary to check on the patient's post-surgical weight loss as well as — above all — to monitor the clinical picture and the progress of the metabolic diseases.

Our Doctors

Braun Antonio

Braun Antonio

Gentileschi Paolo

Gentileschi Paolo

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Rome / Lazio

Ospedale San Carlo di Nancy

Bari / Puglia

Ospedale Santa Maria

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