Bariatric surgery is an advanced solution to an entire range of diseases. This refers not only to obesity but also to such common comorbidities as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, fatty liver disease, and cardiovascular conditions. The modern techniques of weight loss surgery in Israel help improve the patients’ quality of life dramatically while the comprehensive medical service guarantees long-lasting results of the procedure.
The Top Ichilov Clinic cooperates with the leading Israeli surgeons specializing in bariatrics. We offer all types of weight loss surgery:
- Gastric banding – a reversible procedure where the surgeon places a silicone band around the upper part of the stomach;
- Gastric bypass surgery – an operation that ensures elimination of 60-70% of excess weight within the first year;
- Gastric sleeve resection – surgery to remove the lateral part of the stomach;
- Intragastric balloon placement – this procedure implies endoscopic (during a gastroscopy) insertion of a silicone balloon into the stomach. The balloon is filled with saline.
The Obesity Evaluation Program
Day 1: Examination by an Endocrinologist
Immediately upon arrival at the clinic, the patient is referred to Doctor Galina Schenkerman, an endocrinologist. She performs a physical exam and measures the patient’s height, weight, waist circumference, and other parameters. Then, the doctor studies the patient’s health history and refers them for further diagnostic procedures.
Day 2: Laboratory Tests
The patient provides blood samples for the tests: complete blood count, biochemistry, and hormone panel.
Day 3: Development of a Treatment Strategy
The patient has another consultation with Doctor Schenkerman. She explains the study results and offers a treatment strategy: drug-free, conservative, or surgical.
The cost of the evaluation program: $1,523. If the patient truly needs surgery, they undergo a brief routine examination before the procedure.
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Physicians Who Specialize in Bariatric Surgery in Top Ichilov
Professor Joseph Klausner, Head of Surgery Department at the Ichilov Medical Center. Professional experience: over 30 years. Member of 10 international professional surgical associations. Performs bariatric surgery of any difficulty.
Types of Bariatric Surgery Performed in Top Ichilov
- Intragastric Balloon Placement
Obesity treatment with an intragastric balloon is recommended for patients with BMI >30. The soft balloon is inserted into the stomach through the mouth and esophagus. When the balloon is filled with saline, it starts reducing the gastric volume. The balloon placement procedure is nonsurgical and requires neither incisions nor even punctures. It takes no longer than 15-20 minutes to complete.
The doctor performs a gastroscopy before the balloon placement. They must confirm that the patient has no gastric conditions that could prevent the insertion of the balloon.
Unlike most bariatric procedures, this type of surgery is reversible. The balloon is left inside the stomach where it remains for 6 months. During this time, the patient takes medications to reduce the acid production in the stomach. In 6 months, the doctor removes the balloon the same way it was inserted, during an endoscopic procedure.
- Sleeve Gastrectomy
In Top Ichilov, sleeve gastrectomy is a laparoscopic procedure. It is performed through several punctures in the skin of the stomach. During surgery, the doctor removes about 75% of the stomach. The narrow part left resembles a sleeve (hence the name of the procedure).
The reduction of gastric volume changes the entire structure of the gastrointestinal tract. The production of ghrelin, the hunger hormone, decreases, and the patient feels less hungry. This helps avoid overeating. The studies show that the sleeve gastrectomy helps patients with obesity lose about 60% of excess weight.
- Gastric Bypass Surgery
The Top Ichilov surgeons use laparoscopic techniques for this procedure. It is mainly recommended for patients with severe obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus and high levels of lipids in the blood. Top Ichilov also offers a simplified version of the procedure. It is called mini gastric bypass. The mini procedure takes less time to complete.
During surgery, the doctor creates a pouch of about 15 cubic centimeters in volume in the upper part of the stomach. The pouch connects to the small intestine so the food bypasses most of the stomach and the patient feels full after eating only a small amount of food. The effectiveness of the gastric bypass surgery exceeds 85%.
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